Gifted, art and craft from the Contemporary Art Society at the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum

This exhibition to mark the centenary of the Contemporary Art Society shows a selection of the works given to Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, since becoming a member almost 70 years ago. Open through 13 June 2010.

It includes work by some of the great names in 20th-century British art, Duncan Grant and Kenneth Armitage. There is also fascinating work by lesser known artists, including an intriguing surrealist work by Leslie Hurry and a magnificent abstract geometric ‘landscape’ by Harold Cohen. Artists from the region are represented by the Bristol based sculptor, Stephen Cox and Avray Wilson who lived at Bisley. The exhibition explores some of the hidden controversies behind the work, as well as the impact of changing taste and fashion in the building of a collection.

Representing Craft is furniture by Richard la Trobe-Bateman, ceramics by Walter Keeler and silver by Rebecca de Quin.

There is an accompanying programme of talks and events.

Saturday 15 May 5.00-7.00 pm
Create : Late A night at the museum
Curator’s 30-minute tour of the exhibition at 5.30 and 6.30

Thursday 20 May 6.45 to 7.35 pm
A private passion, collecting contemporaries
A talk by Lucy Abel-Smith who runs the bi-annual exhibition FreshAir and the Quenington Sculpture Trust,
Tickets £4

For further details please contact Helen Brown, Collections Manager,, or Anna Stanway, Marketing & Information Officer, Tel: 01242-237431.

Opening times:
Daily 10.00-5.00 (April – October) 10.00-4.00 (November – March) ▪ First Thursday of each month open from 11.00am ▪ Third Thursday of each month open until 8.00pm ▪ Closed Bank Holidays ▪ Free admission

Image: Josselin Bodley – A City on a Hill, 1968