New ‘hangings’ at No 1

A private collector has generously loaned two large portraits to No. 1 Royal Crescent. They are of Peter and Amy Burrell, who married in 1723, by Allan Ramsay (1713–1784). With no known connection to Bath the sitters are of less significance than the artist; their arrival pays homage to the country’s premier court painter at […]

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History – in the round.

There have been many artists  – over the years – who have been inspired  by ‘The Circus’ here in Bath. John Wood the Elder’s Georgian urban masterpiece and the country’s first giant roundabout. However, it has to be said Helen Stanfield’s visual ‘take’ on this wonder of 18th century architecture is rather different. It comes […]

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Gallery programme for 2019 is published.

Here’s a complete list of exhibitions coming to Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery between now and the end of 2019. The Victoria Art Gallery’s programme for 2019 will include an exhibition dedicated to paper, a display of kinetic sculptures, prints by Louise Bourgeois, and shows from popular local artists including Peter Brown and Nick Cudworth. Jon […]

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Talent for sale.

Students from Bath Spa University’s BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion and Interiors course have swapped seminars for a stall this December as their hand-made creations have gone on sale at this year’s Bath Christmas Market. The team of students, made up of screen printers, knitters, hand painters and crafters – known collectively as ‘Designers in […]

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Wrapping up a great year with On Paper.

You could say Jon Bennington – Manager of Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery – has already ‘opened’ his best Christmas present. Speaking to Bath Newseum – at a private preview for a new Arts Council produced exhibition called ‘On Paper‘ – he was pleased to announce that this has been a very good year in terms […]

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B&NES on the racks

Come off it B&NES. This is deprivation by stealth. Every time the bike rack hoops are removed for the annual Remembrance Day Parade a couple less are returned to their rightful place outside the Guildhall. When l first came to Bath – eight years ago – there were hoops either side of the main entrance. […]

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Bath’s iron maiden is unveiled.

Residents of Bath’s newest residential quarter – the Crest Nicholson Riverside development – seem to have given a ‘thumbs up’ to their latest incomer. It’s the Maid of the Bridge – a 4 metre high contemporary sculpture – unveiled today – which is  literally made of unwanted parts of the recently-restored Victoria Bridge. On their […]

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A right Royal High to Perry!

It’s not every day a school lets its caretaker lead an important anniversary celebration but, for The Royal High in Bath, modest and self-effacing Perry Harris was just the man to help the institution celebrate 20 years since its official foundation – after, that is, Bath High merged with the Royal School. Perry has worked […]

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Poussin masterpiece coming to Bath.

Nicolas Poussin’s The Triumph of Pan, a much-loved work from the National Gallery’s Collection, is coming to Bath next spring – as part of a UK tour that will also take in York and County Durham. The painting will be in Bath from April 11th through to July 7th. Jon Benington, Victoria Art Gallery Manager, […]

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The art of paper.

An exhibition which explores how artists have used paper as the focus of their work is coming to Bath in December. The exhibition On Paper from the Arts Council Collection opens at the Victoria Art Gallery on 1 December 2018 and runs until 17 February 2019. On Paper showcases the work of acclaimed 20th-century and […]

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