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Wiltshire Heritage Museum News.

Additions to White Horses and Hill Figures Exhibition.

Changes have been made to the White Horses and Hill Figures exhibition, which explores the chalk figures of Wiltshire and beyond, currently on show at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Devizes. Firstly, the run of the exhibition has been extended until 27 February 2011 and secondly, some exciting additions have been made to the displays giving visitors the opportunity to see more fascinating objects, including new works by David Inshaw, Helen Chester, Joanna May and Alan Bond.

Pride of place amongst these new artworks is a stunning and previously unseen original oil painting of the Cerne Abbas Giant by internationally renowned artist and Devizes resident, David Inshaw. Also new is an oil painting of the Uffington White Horse Hill by Anna Dillon. Anna’s artwork showcases her vibrant style which focuses upon the contours and light of the landscapes she depicts. New works by Wiltshire artist Helen Chester show Wiltshire’s white horses in a contemporary style, using intense colours to reflect the passage of time and seasons. A beautiful triptych from wildlife artist Joanna May’s Mystical Hares series, shows white horses alongside her trademark British brown hares. Joanna is a recognised artist whose work has been sold at Christies and featured on BBC’s Springwatch. A series of sculptures by Seven Seven artist Alan Bond imagines the horse as a three-dimensional animal or roadside hoarding and plays with the distortions that often arises from photographic images. Alongside these new artworks are historical programmes and souvenirs showing celebrations held at the Westbury White Horse for coronations and jubilees.

White Horses and Hill Figures focuses primarily on the chalk figures of Wiltshire – from spirited white horses galloping across the chalk downlands to military badges, a poignant reminder of past conflicts. The exhibition also explores chalk figures from all over Britain, including the Cerne Abbas Giant and the Uffington White Horse. The exhibition looks at how chalk figures are created, their location, history and associated legends and folklore. Featured in the exhibition are historical items and ephemera, including many unseen pieces from the Museum’s collection, other organisations, private collectors and artists, as well as artistic interpretations from photography to poetry created by local, national and international artists. Featured prominently throughout the exhibition are stunning aerial photographs by Last Refuge Ltd.


Usual Museum admission charges apply.

Image credit Littlestone

The Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed a £10 million support package for improvements at Stonehenge that will include the removal of the existing visitor centre and the creation of a new one at Airman’s Corner (see our feature below) as well as the closure the A344 which currently runs uncomfortably close to the monument. English Heritage however still needs to find about a third of the total cost for the improvements. One source has quoted the remaining shortfall as £9 million.


November 2010

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