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Statue Findr – Westminster discovered

My friend, Grace Everett, has developed a really useful and interesting app for your phone. Next time you wander around the City of Westminster see how many sculptural works you see placed in parks, squares, in front of buildings – everywhere. You can search by location, or by sculptor, discovering the history of the piece and the biography of its maker.

Below is the description of the app she sent to me. I have the app on my phone. Give it a go .

It’s based within The City of Westminster, which is filled with works by the most illustrious sculptors of the day, both nationally and internationally.  It includes sculptors from 24 countries, 15 past Presidents/Masters from within the Royal Academy, the Royal British Society of Sculptors, the Society of Portrait Sculptors and/or the Art Workers’ Guild.  The App has over 350 sculptures, over 200 sculptors and over 1,200 photographs. The oldest sculpture dates back to 1681 (King Charles II by Caius Gabriel Cibber) and 334 years later Mahatma Gandhi (by Philip Jackson) and Relief: Figure Emerging to EL (by Stephen Cox) were both unveiled last year.
There’s a huge diversity in sculptural style, subject matter and materials used in the creation of the sculptures in the City of Westminster and the app gives the opportunity to not only see the sculptures, find out where they are located, but also to learn about the sculptors who created them.  For example, if you want to see works by Henry Moore, click on his name and his 4 sculptures in the City of Westminster will be shown with photographs, their location and Moore’s biography.  The App works worldwide, but if you’re in London and either walking, in a bus/taxi, StatueFindr map will recognise where you are and will provide the name of the sculpture and accompanying biography for the sculptor responsible.  If the sculpture is of an individual, for example, Winston Churchill, a biography will be provided for both Winston Churchill and the sculptor (Ivor Roberts-Jones).
It’s now been translated into French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian and Mandarin.  I just thought there may be people who attend your art classes who perhaps might be interested in hearing about it?
These are the links:
For APPLE i-phones and i-pads:
For ANDROID phones and tablets:
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Summer courses

Below is a  quick round-up of the courses on offer over the summer. I have to give numbers to the Ashmolean so would be grateful if those of you who are interested could get back to me quite quickly.


Summer courses

Ashmolean Museum; Drawing from Drawings

June 23rd, 12.00 – 4.30, £25, (includes exhibition entrance and guided tour)

A guided viewing of the Ashmolean Museum’s exhibition of British Drawings from Gainsborough to Hockney, followed by drawing in the cast room.

Inspiration from Longstock Park Nursery and Farm Shop

July 13th – 16th, 9.30am – 4.30pm, £260/ 4 days, (£150 / first 2 days)

Sketching and research on site at Longstock Park Nursery and Farm Shop developed into a finished piece at Wherwell Priory Studio.


4 x 4, Off Road Art

August 10th – 13th, 9.30 – 4.30, £260/ 4 days

Four days, four different sites, four different media, outside come rain or shine

For more information please contact Kate Measham at

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford,Drawing from Great British Drawings – places left

If you want to join this trip tomorrow please meet at the exhibition desk at 11.50am.
You will be  given a guided viewing of drawings by great British artists from Gainsborough to Hockney, followed by a chance to draw in the museum’s cast room. These  guided tours offer a fascinating insight into the exhibition and are well worth having.

  • Tuesday, 23rd June 2015
  • 11.50am at the Museum (timed entrance to exhibition) – 4.30pm
  • £25 (to include entrance to exhibition, and guided tour, and discount in the museum shop)

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has an exhibition of their fabulous collection of British drawings and watercolours –  one of the largest and most important in the world.


Samuel Palmer (1805–81): The valley thick with corn

Great British Drawings shows more than one hundred works by some of the country’s greatest artists, from famous watercolours by Gainsborough and Turner, to the outstanding draughtsmanship of Rossetti, Millais and Holman Hunt, to 20th-century works by David Hockney, Gwen John and Walter Sickert.