White Horse Bookshop’s Open Art Exhibition to become an annual event
Following last year’s successful Open Art Exhibition at the White Horse Bookshop, the Exhibition is set to become an annual fixture for the town. This year’s Exhibition will be in May.
The inaugural Exhibition in 2016 celebrated the opening of the bookshop's art gallery. More than a thousand visitors enjoyed more than eighty entries in a variety of mediums. Exhibitors included tutors who run the White Horse art classes and their students.
The manager of the White Horse Bookshop, Angus MacLennan, told Marlborough.News: “I hope that everything that is submitted will be included in the Exhibition. It is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to see their work of art on the wall.”
As a keen amateur artist himself, Angus believes “there is nothing better than thinking and drawing.” His drawing of a Roman sarcophagus [left] is featured on the flyer advertising this year’s Exhibition. “I saw this many years ago and wanted to draw it. It was a technical challenge but it was fun.”
All exhibits will be for sale with the price is to be fixed by the artist. Exhibits must be submitted between April 1 and 17. Only one piece per artist can be submitted and may not exceed 50cm x 50cm once framed.
This year the exhibition will be extended to include sculpture. But with obvious space limitations, artists should check with Angus to confirm size restrictions.
The White Horse Bookshop Gallery is hosting several exhibitions this year. In March a textiles exhibition entitled Delving Deep will feature work from students at New College, Swindon which has been inspired by either Wiltshire history or nature.
April hosts the semi-abstract/architectural work of Will Wilford, who is completing an MA at Bath. Will has a family connection to the Chandler family who used to own the White Horse building in the early twentieth century.
In addition to the exhibitions, the White Horse continues to offer some twenty art courses each month. There are still places available on several of these popular courses ranging from Watercolours for the ‘positively terrified’ to - for the more assured - Going Wild in Watercolours.