The Corinium Museum strives to encourage access for all to its nationally important collections. Access to the museum collections is provided through the permanent displays within the museum, plus an extensive education and outreach programme. Further access is achieved through a diverse and imaginative temporary exhibitions programme.
Caroline Jariwala Garden Goddesses
22nd March – 27th April
A beautiful exhibition of mosaic art presenting a clear vision of the replication of patterns discovered within nature and clearly derived from the Rangoli designs and Mendhi patterns of Caroline’s Indian heritage. The spectacular use of vibrant colours and shapes adds to an overall feeling of depth and form. As a consequence, viewers are drawn to both the tactile nature of the medium and the story that is being told.
Caroline’s Garden Goddess series incorporates her love of gardening and her awareness of this as a healing practice. The Garden Goddess series brings to the fore Caroline’s desire to piece together fragments in order to make sense of experience and to narrate a new story. She sees a strong correlation between the creation of a mosaic and how the creator views themselves; of how making and wellness are embodied in the process of mosaic making; Caroline’s unique view of the world is thus embodied in her work.
Caroline Jariwala is a highly prolific artist who has been working in the field of fine art since 1986. Most of her artwork is inspired by her Gujarati Indian heritage, and is developed through investigating themes of ritual, custom, and culture, to celebrate the female form.
3rd May – 1st June
Anthea Walsh and Michelle Mary Dawson
Phantasmagoria is a mixed media exhibition that showcases new work by textile artist Anthea Walsh and glass artist Michelle Mary Dawson. Mirrors are seen as objects and metaphors, a way to examine layers, reflections and shadows, sometimes with uncanny results. The artists explore new territory, presenting a crossover of ideas, unexpected materials and techniques. Phantasmagoria is an exhibition incorporating both functional design objects for interiors and original works of art. All work is available for purchase.
In Celebration of Shakespeare Cheltenham Group Artists (CGA)
5th June – 25th June
In order to mark the 450th Anniversary of the birth of Shakespeare, in 2014 members of CGA will be presenting their impressions, in fine art form, of the Bard’s rich and challenging written output.
In this exhibition, members of the Cheltenham Group of Artists will explore the many themes embodied in Shakespeare’s work such as love, despair, tragedy, ambition and greed. Sources of interest for the art include the spectacular and the supernatural; humour and romance; contrasts of personalities and suspense; dramatic situations and dramatic ironies; fate and Nemesis; philosophies and there are quotations
that we ourselves use in today’s “everyday” speech. Throughout 2014 there are to be a wide range of national and international programmes and projects celebrating the life and work of Shakespeare.
Cotswold Craftsmen Summer Show
29th June – 10th August
An eclectic mix of crafts at this wonderful summer exhibition by the Cotswold Craftsmen. Bringing together a variety of media and styles, the Cotswold Craftsmen bring high quality, hand made objects back to the Corinium Museum gallery. Perfectly complementary to the craft traditions of the Cotswolds, this exhibition showcases work by some of the leading craft workers in and around the area.
The Cotswold Craftsmen are a well established group started in the late 1960s whose membership is drawn from all around the Cotswolds. The group includes a rich cross section of craftsmen, designers and artists who value the traditions and skills of the past and wish to embrace contemporary techniques and ideas. Their aim is to encourage the making.
Commemorating The First World War
16th August – 14th September
The Cirencester Historical and Archaeological Society will illustrate the impact of the First World War on Cirencester and residents through this retrospective exhibition. Extensive research of the town’s War Memorials, objects and ephemera from the County archives, Corinium Museum, Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum together with community stories and contributions, have all been pulled together to share a picture of the Cirencester community during the First World War. The exhibition is part of a wider HLF funded project entitled “Cirencester Commemorates,” which brings organisations in the town together to commemorate100 years since the start of the First World War.
Colour Forms Thoughts Seeking a Thinker – Richard Kenton Webb
20th September – 19th October
The work of Richard Kenton Webb is rooted in the romantic and metaphysical traditions of the great English landscape painters and takes its primary inspiration from the Cotswold landscape in which he lives. Webb’s work is steeped in the memories of the landscapes that formed his life. He is an artist and also a teacher: a Senior Lecturer in Drawing and Applied Arts at the University of the West of England and has taught at some of the finest art schools in the country. Since 2000 he has been working on an epic project to explore and understand the movement and language of colour through his paintings. For him, colour works as both language and form. This selling exhibition showcases some of his latest developments.