Cheltenham

A walk round Cheltenham, including a visit to the Wilson Museum and Art Gallery, provoked several little ‘crumbs of curiosity’.

Annabel Duggleby‘s “disruptive artist” installation ‘Where Now?‘ was very thought-provoking. It was really interesting to see her ‘mindmap’ showing how her ideas had started, how they’d led to her huggable sculptures and how this interconnected with themes of sustainability, exploration, forgetting and remembering.

Where Now
Where Now?, Annabel Duggleby

Her inspiration started with the watercolour paintings of Edward Wilson, who grew up in Cheltenham and died on his second expedition to the Antarctic with Captain Scott.  You can see how the colours of the painting have been translated to the colours on the inflatable icebergs.

Wilson
Polar Study of a Collapsed Iceberg, Edward Wilson

Elsewhere in the Wilson Gallery, I was surprised to come across a sculpture by Auguste Rodin, having enjoyed my visit to the Rodin museum in Paris a few months ago.  Writing this blog post, I have learnt that Rodin actually stayed in Cheltenham in 1914 and one of his most famous sculptures, ‘The Kiss‘, was on display in Cheltenham in the 1930s and again in 2014.  In Paris, I saw Rodin’s first version of this sculpture as well as one of many bronze casts.

Rodin
Dance Movement E, Auguste Rodin

Other art that caught my attention in the gallery were Robert Tavener‘s linocut prints and Richard C. Blomfield‘s ‘Landscape Strata‘.

Walking around the town, my attention was captured by the beautiful Neptune Fountain, Kit Williams‘ whimsical Wishing Fish Clock and a colourful display of hydrangeas at a flower stall.

I was also intrigued by Sophie Ryder‘s sculpture A Lady-Hare and a Minotaur‘.

Hare and Minotaur, Sophie Ryder
Hare and Minotaur, Sophie Ryder

Following these ‘crumbs of curiosity’ has also led me to a bit of research about Kit Williams’ book, Masquerade, which hid clues to the location of a jewelled golden hare, buried in a park in Bedfordshire.  And that led me back to ideas about labyrinths, which can hide minotaurs.

Hare
Jewelled hare, Kit Williams

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