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Hidden Secrets


The Young Gallery and John Creasey Museum, Salisbury

Upstairs in the library in Salisbury are three gallery spaces with a collection of modern and contemporary works.  Many are drawings, etchings and prints with some exciting paintings thrown in too.

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The curator, Peter Riley, has a particular interest in mark making so there are some unusual and pleasing choices from well known artists such as Euan Uglow, Paula Rego, Keith Vaughan, John Bellany and others.

The galleries are well worth a look with new exhibitions planned for later in the year. Combine the outing with a morning at Roche Court for a rewarding day.

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Woman Bathing (No2), Peter Folkes

 

Degas to Picasso – on our doorstep


Oxford is just up the road from where I live. I hope to go to this exhibition after half term has run its course.

http://www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/degastopicasso/

Degas to Picasso

Creating Modernism in France

In works by Matisse, Manet, Chagall, Renoir, Degas, Léger and Picasso, this ground-breaking exhibition tells one of the most compelling stories in the history of art – the rise of modernism. 

From 1800 to the mid-twentieth century, this story was played out in France, especially in Paris where international artists were drawn by salons and dealers, the creative exchange between poets and painters and the bohemian atmosphere of such places as Montmartre and Montparnasse.

With over 100 works from a private collection that has never been seen in Britain before, the exhibition plots a course from Romantic artists such as Ingres, Gericault and Delacroix via the dramatic artistic transformations of Van Gogh and Cézanne, to the radical experiments in Cubism by innovators such as Picasso and Braque.

Tickets £11 Full Price with Donation for Gift Aid Purposes*
£10 Concessions with Donation for Gift Aid Purposes*£10 Standard Full Price
£9 Standard Concessions

£5 12-17 years & Art Fund Members

*Gift Aid Tickets include an additional £1 voluntary donation allowing the Museum to reclaim tax on both the donation and the ticket price. More information is given on our booking pages. Standard ticket prices are shown below.
Entry to exhibitions is free for Ashmolean Members and for Under-12s.
Telephone Bookings Please call 01865 278 112 to book tickets by phone.
Group Bookings For group bookings (more than 15 persons), please contact the Education Department by email:education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

Please note we cannot guarantee entry to Groups without pre-booking.

Schools Follow this link to read more about school visits and our Education Team.

Opening Dates and Times

Exhibition Dates 10 February – 7 May 2017
Opening Times 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, and Bank Holidays
We are closed on Mondays

Visiting & Tickets

Timed tickets are in operation. Advance booking is advised, but tickets can be bought on the day of your visit at the Museum if tickets are available.

John Craxton at the Salisbury Museum


This afternoon I went to see this small, but wonderful exhibition at the Salisbury Museum. It closes on 9th May. Rush to see it if you have a chance. I don’t know why they used this black and white photo as part of the advertising – it does not reflect the sunny nature of most of his work

John Craxton ‘A Poetic Eye’:A life in art from Cranborne Chase to Crete

John Craxton 'A Poetic Eye':A life in art from Cranborne Chase to Crete
John Craxton working on Pastoral for P.W., 1948 Photograph by Felix Man
Saturday, January 30, 2016 to Saturday, May 7, 2016

Curated by Ian Collins, this is an exhibition exploring the colourful life of artist John Craxton and his incredible emotional, physical and creative journey from Cranborne Chase to Crete. From an early age Craxton lived with artists Cecil and Amy Waller near Farnham, a short walk from the Pitt-Rivers Museum, where he was inspired by art, archaeology and the landscape of Dorset. This exhibition shows his art as it changes from dark to light and as he moves across Europe to Crete, but the strength and importance of line in his work remains constant.

 

A Quick Visit to Tate Britain


I went to see the Barbara Hepworth exhibition at the Tate today.

Erasmus Variations 1958, R. B. Kitaj
Erasmus Variations 1958, R. B. Kitaj

I arrived early and had 45 minutes to kill. One of the things I love about the Tate is the sense of familiarity and yet they move the pictures around so you see them afresh.

Azalea Garden, May 1956 Patrick Heron

I spent most of my time in the Modern British galleries looking at Victor Passmore, Evelyn Dunbar, Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud.

A new challenge I have set myself is to try to work out what palette each artist has used.

Kitaj and Patrick Heron were particularly pleasing though my photos don’t seem to have captured the colours.

Azalea Garden, May 1956 - detail Patrick Heron
Azalea Garden, May 1956 – detail
Patrick Heron

Autumn Courses


FullSizeRender When it is sunny, the combines are working in the fields, and the garden is overflowing with courgettes, lettuces and beetroot, the thought of Autumn Art Classes couldn’t be further from your minds. Fair enough. I thought I would send out a quick list to whet your appetite. Please look at the courses for more details

  When the courgettes have turned to marrows, the lettuces have bolted and the beetroot are even larger because you don’t want to eat them every day…there will still be a light on the horizon.

September

Museum visit – Homage to Ganesha –Wednesday 30th September A visit to The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford to see the Homage to Ganesha exhibition, and to draw from the museum collection. Each term there will be a visit to an exhibition, and a chance to draw in a museum. Art Draw Paint  – Monday 28th The start of FullSizeRendera 10 week course covering introductions to a variety of different media including ink, graphite, mixed media and acrylic.  Practise What you Have Learnt – Monday 28th Monday afternoons are a time set aside to practise what you have been learning, to bring along pictures you are working on for discussion, or to paint a Still Life.

October

Evening Life Drawing – Tuesday, 6th The first Tuesday of each month (term time) there will be an evening of life drawing. FullSizeRenderExperimental Drawing – Tuesdays 6th, 13th, 20th A reminder of the experimental possibilities, pleasure, and variety of options available within drawing. Art Draw Paint – Mondays 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th Practise What you have Learnt – Mondays 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

November

Evening Life Drawing – Tuesday 3rd Autumn Charcoal Drawing into Oil Painting – Tuesdays 17th, 24th A series of classes to lead you from drawing in charcoal into painting with oils Shipping Forecast – 18th and 19th The poetic language and rhythms of the shipping forecast are companion to the insomniac and early riser. On this course you will endeavour to capture something of the broadcast. Art Draw Paint – Mondays 16th, 23rd, 30th Practise What you have Learnt – Mondays 16th, 23rd, 30th

December

Evening Life Drawing – Tuesday 1stFullSizeRender Autumn Charcoal Drawing into Oil Painting – Tuesdays  1st, 8th Art Draw Paint – Mondays 7th and 14th Practise What You Have Learnt – Mondays 7th and 14th

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.

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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.

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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 kate@artdrawpaint.com

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.

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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.