The Wilson Art Gallery, Cheltenham

Linlin Cui - Falling. Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2014

This weekend I visited The Wilson which is Cheltenham’s museum and art gallery. Since it has been refurbished I have really enjoyed making visits to see exhibitions. It is completely different to what it used to be and has really been brought up to date. Instead of the stuffy, old, creaky rooms with only the arts and crafts and museum items on display it is now big, bright, airy and contemporary. Not only is the space so much better but the gallery is really making the most of it and putting on some great exhibitions. I have been to a few including a Photography Portrait exhibition, Glass Sculpture and they even had Rodin’s The Kiss. Coming up next year are watercolours by Turner! Not bad for the local art gallery!

Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2014

The Beekeeper, Dan Des Eynon. Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2014
The Beekeeper, Dan Des Eynon. Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2014

The gallery is currently exhibiting entries and winners from the recent Cheltenham Illustration Awards. The illustration awards have been going on for a few years now and this year they had some well known guest illustrators; Shaun Tan and Lara Hawthorne. Shaun Tan is an illustrator I looked at during my university study and it was great to see his work on display. This years theme is Being Human and the illustrations on exhibition had all tackled the brief well and from unique perspectives.

Linlin Cui - Falling. Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2014
Linlin Cui, Falling. Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2014
Ian Tiseo, Being Human. Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2014
Ian Tiseo, Being Human. Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2014

Ahead of the Curve

Ahead of the Curve is another exhibition currently on at The Wilson, which I saw this weekend. On show was a selection of contemporary china work from Chinese artists. China is something I find particularly beautiful and the striking contemporary ideas created in traditional porcelain were wonderful.

Wan Liya, Birds Twitter and Fragrance of Flowers 2010
Wan Liya, Birds Twitter and Fragrance of Flowers 2010

 

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