June 2019

Hello listeners. I appear to be reduced to sharing Linda Kasmaty’s blogs at the moment! Pfft.

The other day it was her post about Tim Carroll at the Bath Society of Arts Exhibition. Today it’s a Friends of Museum and Art Gallery post about David Bent’s recent talk to the friends. I was at that talk so don’t ask me what I was doing – or not doing – I’ve no idea.

There’s so much going on and I’ve got a business to run and Swindon Civic Voice stuff … hark, I hear violins! That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. So here’s a link to Linda’s post about David Bent’s ‘Out of the Box’ talk.

It’s really best to read Linda’s post but here’s a teeny extract:

David’s Father was, in his words  ‘an aviation nutcase’, he was also a brilliant aeromodeller whose first job was at Croydon airport working for Sir Alan Cobham a pioneering aviator . David & his dad watched the first public flight of the Red Arrows in 1965 together at Biggin Hill.’

David’s talk at Swindon’s museum and art gallery came close to the end of his Out of the Box exhibition there. It’s been a gorgeous exhibition with a super cross section of David’s output. Because, all though most known (it’s arguable) for his aviation work and his association with the Red Arrows, that isn’t all he does.

Visit his web site at David Bent Studio and you’ll see what I mean. I have of course, written about David more than once on this here blog so have a root through these posts here: https://swindonian.me/category/artscultureheritage/david-bent/

David’s exhibition garnered some super feedback as can be seen in this image from the Museum and Art gallery’s Twitter feed.

'Circus' by David Bent - David Bent out of the box
Circus’ by David Bent

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There’s always something going on. To become a Friend or find out more about about them visit: www.friendsofsmag.org