Extraordinary women.

Bath’s many bronze plaques – above imposing Georgian doorways – bear witness to the many distinguished people who have visited – or lived – in this city. However, few of them commemorate celebrated women with local connections and maybe – historically – that’s  they didn’t have the educational and social advantages of their male counterparts. […]

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You’ve been framed

When you acquire a family archive – full of artistic gems – and find the majority are unframed – it pays to have friends.   On display now at Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery – through to November 25th – is a collection that profiles the work of husband and wife team Clifford and Rosemary Ellis […]

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It’s all in the eye of the beholder.

I suppose –  be it a traditional portrait or landscape painting framed on the gallery wall – all realistic visual art is an illusion. Be it faces or places, it’s our brains who merge paint daubs and strokes into order as a recognisable image. Perception is all about how we see things – how we […]

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Bath art gallery links with Picasso

It couldn’t be better timing for Bath art gallery owner David Simon that his latest Bartlett Street offering coincides with a major exhibition of portraiture by Pablo Picasso at London’s National Portrait Gallery. David features the paintings and ceramics of one of the great man’s models. Lydia Corbett – or Sylvette David as she was […]

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Major coup for Bath museum

I cannot do this particular artist justice in reproducing some of the amazing contemporary ink paintings that are now on show at Bath’s Museum of East Asian Art – just across the road from the Assembly Rooms and on the edge of The Circus.. Wu Lan-Chiann’s wonderful examples of East-West art fusion are exhibited behind […]

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‘Place’ mates!

‘There’s a place for us, Somewhere a place for us,’ sings Tony to Maria in the movie version of West Side Story and l am sure – if you stop and think about it – we all have a special somewhere which means a great deal to us. Thirty two lucky people have been given […]

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Gangsters & Gunslingers: America’s outlaw heroes.

Many of us l think would agree that most of our knowledge relating to those gun carrying cowboys of the American Wild West and the ruthless gangsters of  both Prohibition and then the  Depression years comes – not  from our history books – but from the way Hollywood has portrayed these ‘wild’ men and women […]

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