Artwork by some of the most renowned twentieth-century British artists is to be exhibited at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum throughout May and June, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Contemporary Art Society.
Gifted, the name given to the exhibition, denotes the contribution of numerous wonderful pieces to the gallery since it became a member of the Contemporary Art Society over 70 years ago.
The exhibition also looks at the perhaps less well-known controversies behind some of the pieces, providing an insight into the changing trends in building an art collection.
A visit to the gallery this month or next will take in works by Duncan Grant and Kenneth Armitage, while also allowing the art of more marginal artists to be appreciated. Recommended highlights include a surrealist piece by Leslie Hurry and Harold Cohen’s interpretation of an abstract geometric landscape.
Representing the south-westerly artistic contingent, work of sculptor Stephen Cox will be displayed and also up for scrutiny will be a selection of furniture by Richard la Trobe-Bateman, ceramics by Walter Keeler and silver by Rebecca de Quin.
For those that wish to delve deeper, there is an accompanying programme of talks taking place. On Saturday 8 May 2010 at 11am, Douglas Ogle will talk about his collection of contemporary art, costing £4. On Saturday 15 May 2010 there are free tours of the exhibition at 5.30pm and 6.30pm, to be led by the curator, and on Thursday 20 May 2010 at 6.45pm, Fresh Air exhibition organiser Lucy Abel-Smith will be giving a talk, costing £4.
Please note, the dates listed here apply to the opening fortnight of this exhibition only. Full dates for this exhibition are Saturday 1 May to Sunday 13 June 2010.
Event: Gifted exhibition
Dates: Saturday 1 to Wednesday 5 May 2010; Friday 7 to Sunday 16 May 2010
Times: Open daily 10am to 5pm, except the first Thursday of each month when the exhibition will
open from 11am, and third Thursday of each month when the exhibition will stay open until
8pm. Closed on Bank Holidays.
Admission: Free of charge
Telephone: (01242) 237431