Local collectors invited to share artwork as Living Memory Project celebrates Malmesbury artists

Living Memory Project Celebrates Artists – Local art collectors are being encouraged to share their artwork at a ‘show and tell’ event in Malmesbury this Saturday. The event forms part of the In Living Memory project. This project celebrates artists who’ve lived and produced artwork in the town and its surrounding area, from the 1940s to the present day.

The project is a partnership between the Caerbladon art shop and gallery in the town and Athelstan Museum.

Susan Mockler - Living Memory Project Celebrates Artists
Susan Mockler – Living Memory Project Celebrates Artists

Aims of the project

Its aim is to capture the stories of the many artists and makers who contributed to the town’s cultural life. And who, further, have offered inspiration to successive generations. An exhibition is currently at the town hall’s John Bowen Gallery. It draws on the private collections of David Hendry and Alice Langtree. The exhibition features work by artists such as:

  • Julian Barrow
  • Brian Neal
  • Gerald Cox
  • Roy Hewish
  • Jehanne le Quesne

All works in this exhibition are for sale by silent auction. All proceeds will go towards the larger project goals and other charitable causes.

A wider project

The 5th November event is an integral part of the wider project. It’s taking place in the Rausing Building and admission is free. Local people have an invitation to bring artworks from their homes and to share stories about the artists and how they came to own the work.

David and Karen Drake are hosting the event. Karen and David are from Caerbladon, the initiators of the project in conjunction with Dave Witt and Janet Cassleden from the Athelstan museum. The event will be open to the public from 10am – 4pm.

Karen and David Drake, said: ‘As a community interest company committed to supporting artists and individual creativity, we offer opportunities for artists from across Wiltshire and Gloucestershire to display and sell their work. For this exhibition, part of a larger project, we want to celebrate artists active in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. And the colourful stories about their lives and their contribution to the vibrancy of the town.’

Susan Mockler, vice-chair of the Athelstan Museum said: ‘The museum is so thrilled to be a partner in this project promoting art and artists from the local area. Art is important in the community and both art works and artists deserve wider recognition . This collaboration will ensure greater exposure. That in turn will provide greater understanding and enjoyment of the wonderful artwork in the community and in the museum.’

Proving popular

Interest in the ‘show and tell’ event has been high. There’s a wide variety of art expected on the day, including:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Textile arts
  • Mixed-media
  • Glass
  • Silversmiths and …
  • … illustrators

After the event

Post-event, there are plans for a publication, an exhibition and a series of talks next year. All will celebrate artists and makers from the Malmesbury area in the post-war years.

The In Living Memory exhibition at the John Bowen Gallery runs until 11th November. For more information, visit: https://www.caerbladon.co.uk/exhibitions/in-living-memory

The Athelstan Museum is especially proud of its art collection. In particular its own Turner, showing an aspect of Malmesbury Abbey.

Thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, The Art Fund and local Wiltshire donors the Athelstan Museum was able to buy the original watercolour for the community.

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