Posted on 9:52am Thursday 17th September 2015
THE FIRST launch of the autumn season is at Salisbury Arts Centre where sculptor Michael Pennie’s travelling show has arrived at its last station. Beginning in Corsham at the start of summer, and with a spell at Trowbridge, ‘Sculpture for Furniture’ reveals a mature artist (Pennie is in his late 70s) bursting with questions and ideas.
Posted on 3:53pm Friday 21st August 2015
IN WILTSHIRE there are people of vision who are determined to create a new centre of culture. It is to be Swindon! Yes, the town that gave us the most complicated roundabout ever - so large it can be seen from space, apparently - is about to enter a new and glorious age.
Posted on 12:23pm Monday 17th August 2015
WITH TWO blockbuster exhibitions coming to an end next month, it’s a good time to visit London, particularly if life is regulated by school terms. Or so I thought, because adding up the cost of a day trip makes me wonder.
Posted on 3:28pm Thursday 30th July 2015
AFTER last week’s coincidence of three simultaneous local groups shows, here comes another – Settlement at the Young Gallery features collections of household bits and pieces, just like at Salisbury Museum.
Posted on 1:48pm Thursday 23rd July 2015
VISIT Salisbury Museum at present and you’ll notice an unusual cabinet in the Wessex Gallery. The new lottery-funded Wessex houses the archaeological displays: it’s modern, slick and authoritative.
Posted on 10:52am Thursday 9th July 2015
IT’S like this: the installation called “Enlightenment” in the cathedral’s north porch contains 6,000 suspended lights. These continuously change colour, interacting with the audience as it moves among them. An explanatory banner tells us: “Best viewed after dark”.
Posted on 5:52pm Tuesday 30th June 2015
It seems hard to believe it’s been 21 years since Fisherton Mill was rescued from dereliction, before its transformation into the creative centre it is today. Harder still to visualise the timescale: perhaps it's enough to recall that few of us used computers, or even mobile phones, back in 1994.
Posted on 9:39am Thursday 18th June 2015
VIDEO-MAKER Susan Francis presented a film evening at New Red Studios which provoked some thoughts about context. Firstly she chose a film by David Podger of a kite flying in a green field that was originally part of an installation in a grass-turfed room. The silent fixed viewpoint image was first intriguing, then boring, and finally mesmerising.
Posted on 7:52am Monday 1st June 2015
ELIZABETH Frink is now showing at the Young Gallery until July 4, and if you like her work you will surely like this exhibition. I’m not a great fan, so the catalogue’s description of her works on paper as “some of the most powerful and sublime drawings of the 20th Century” leaves me nonplussed.
Posted on 12:13pm Thursday 28th May 2015
TWO old masters are simultaneously making an appearance at local galleries. The long-awaited Turner’s Wessex has opened at Salisbury Museum, while Howard Hodgkin is featured at the New Art Centre, Roche Court.
Posted on 8:25pm Friday 15th May 2015
IT IS A SOBERING thought that our two great arts benefactors, Edwin Young and John Creasey were no great artists themselves. Young was competent but had little in the way of individual vision, and might best be described as a journeyman.
Posted on 7:37am Wednesday 13th May 2015
I HAVE seen the future, and it works! This borrowed quotation occurred to me on Bank Holiday Monday as I threaded my way through Fisherton Festival. I’d had good expectations but even so I was surprised by the crowds. With the weather gods against us it could have been a different story, but the rain held off until the very last moments.
Posted on 10:00am Thursday 12th February 2015
I WASN’T looking forward to reviewing the current show at the Young Gallery: ‘New from Old, Salisbury Schools Art Exhibition’ (until February 28). I imagined it would be like watching a Nativity play without knowing any actors.
Posted on 9:00am Thursday 5th February 2015
REMEMBER Watercolour Challenge? This Channel 4 show was for me a shining light among daytime television’s dreary offerings. It seems now to belong to a more innocent age, even though it was broadcast only 15 years ago. Jerry Springer certainly hadn’t arrived here in those gentler days, writes Martin Urmson.
Posted on 1:00pm Thursday 8th January 2015
I ENJOYED Mike Leigh’s artist biopic Mr Turner but can’t say I was pleased to learn so much about his private life. Studying an artist’s work can be a spiritually uplifting experience; inspecting the contents of his laundry basket less so.
Posted on 10:15am Thursday 28th August 2014
ONE common factor linking the artists in Salisbury Arts Centre’s show Lost is that they are all older, maybe wiser, than when they made their exhibits.