Your Art: Cornwall’s amazing art collection is coming to Bude. Bude Look Group is planning an exciting exhibition of art at the Willoughby and Blanchminster Galleries at The Castle, Bude from 21st December – 29th January 2015.

The exhibition offers a unique opportunity for children, parents, teachers and visitors to view and interact with art work by internationally renowned artists.

Entry into the Exhibition is free.

Fishing Boat by Alan Lowndes 1966
Fishing Boat by Alan Lowndes 1966.

The Bude Look Group, supported by Tate St Ives, is collaborating with Bude’s Heritage Centre at The Castle, and The Royal Cornwall Museum to promote art in rural areas at a distance from Cornwall’s cultural institutions and national galleries.

With support from FEAST, BAAM and local sponsors, Bude Look Group will provide information and activities to stimulate interaction with the art works and encourage discussion. Local schools are invited to the exhibition and pupils will be offered the opportunity to participate in workshops to make their own art in response to the exhibition, which will then be displayed in the gallery.

The art work has been chosen from the Cornwall Council School’s Art Collection. The collection of around 116 works was started after the then County Council received an anonymous donation in May 1961 of £100 made up of twenty £5 notes with a simple note saying ‘To help Primary School funds’. After much thought it was agreed that the money should be used for something specific and art was finally agreed upon.

The Council wrote to John Piper, Peter Lanyon, Lady Epstein and Barbara Hepworth explaining what had happened and asking if they may be able to sell something at a reasonable price or had any other suggestions. They all replied and the collection was born.

The fine art collection has already been transferred to the Royal Cornwall Museum where 28 paintings are on display, and the ceramics collection will shortly be collected by the Leach Pottery. The works will be incorporated into each museum’s educational programme to increase access and use of the collection by Cornish schools, as well as enjoyment of the collection by the general public.

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An Opening Preview will be held on Sunday 21st December 1-30 – 3-30 pm with refreshments supplied by local businesses. Keep a look-out for more information coming next month…

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