2md August 2022

LOCAL ARTIST INVITES OTHERS TO WALK & SKETCH IN TURNER’S FOOTSTEPS 

Walk and Sketch in Turner’s Footsteps
Local artist Anne Hayhoe will lead a free walk and workshop for budding artists on Saturday August 13. It will focus on the time spent in Malmesbury by the famous landscape artist JMW Turner.

The interactive workshop ‘In The Footsteps of JMW Turner’ will begin with a short talk. The talk will be at the Athelstan Museum in front of the Turner painting of Malmesbury Abbey. Anne will then lead the participants on a walk around the Abbey. The tour will stop in some of the places where we know Turner made his exploratory sketches.

Whilst visiting the Abbey, participants will have time to make their own sketches using their own materials.

Anne said: ‘It’s a fantastic opportunity to imagine the landscape and the Abbey in the way that Turner did. And then to ‘have a go’ at capturing it with our own eyes, or in this case pencils!’

To finish, the group will study their sketches and discuss the artworks created following this inspirational sketching tour.

Walk and Sketch in Turner's Footsteps - the Turner at the Athelstan museum in Malmesbury
Walk and Sketch in Turner’s Footsteps – the Turner at the Athelstan museum in Malmesbury

The Athelstan Turner

Developed from Turner’s early sketches and painted in about 1827, the watercolour is one of the ninety-six which make up Turner’s set of ‘Picturesque Views in England and Wales‘ (1825-38). These views have enjoyed long celebration as the finest of Turner’s topographical projects and noted examples of the picturesque movement.

Thought the only finished watercolour of that particular aspect of Malmesbury Abbey, it shows it from the north, early on a glorious summer morning. Turner flooded the foreground with light and cattle warming themselves in the early sun.

The Athelstan Museum acquired the Turner work with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and The Art Fund.

It’s wonderful for the people of this rural community to have free access to an original watercolour of Malmesbury Abbey by British artist JMW Turner,’ said Anne. ‘It will inspire participants to use the materials that are available today to create their own new images of the Abbey.’

Anne Hayhoe

Anne Heyhoe
Anne Heyhoe

Although now living in Pewsey, Anne has strong links to Malmesbury. Educated at Malmesbury Grammar School, she returned to practice art about ten years ago. Having studied Fine Art at Trowbridge College and Oxford Brookes, she now works across a wide range of media including painting, drawing, textiles and she writes poetry.

The workshop is free but you do need to book in advance with the museum. It will start at 10am with an estimated 1pm finish.

To book a place, contact the museum by phone on 01666 829258 from Tuesday-Sunday from 10.30am-4.30pm.