Highlights From College Art Collection On Show At Poole Museum

Poole Museum have unveiled four important artworks from Bournemouth and Poole College’s collection of modern art.

The works on show are two bronze sculptures, Henry Moore’s “Mother and Child with Apple” and “Kathleen”, by Jacob Epstein, a painting titled “Spring Landscape with a Pond and a House” by Ivon Hitchens and “Jarman’s Door”, a fascinating Poole-associated object decorated by the film-maker and artist Derek Jarman.

They were formerly housed at Kube which closed in January. After its closure the college remained committed to preserving the collection and Borough of Poole Museum Service has agreed to take the collection into its care on a temporary basis. As well as displaying the major works, Poole Museum is housing the rest of the collection in the safe environment of its stores. A larger exhibition of the collection is planned for the future.

The Bournemouth and Poole College collection was started in 1953 by the College’s first principal, Arthur Andrews. His vision was to provide access for young people to outstanding work by living artists in an educational setting. The collection was continually added to and from 2000 it was housed at The Study Gallery of Modern Art, later renamed Kube, at the college’s site in North Road, Poole.

Cllr Peter Adams, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Borough of Poole, said: “This is an excellent partnership between the council’s Museum Service and Bournemouth and Poole College. It was very sad that Kube had to close, but we were delighted to be able to step in to provide a safe temporary home for this important collection. We welcome the college’s aspirations to share the collection with the community and we are delighted to be able to show such important modern art, with its Poole connections, in Poole Museum.”

Lawrence Vincent, College Principal, said, “We are delighted to be working with the Poole Museum Service to make these unique pieces from the college collection more accessible to the people of Poole and Bournemouth.”

Poole Museum is open 10am – 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and 12 noon – 5pm on Sunday. Admission is free.

Poole Museum 4 High Street Poole BH15 1BW 01202 262600


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