An exhibition exploring the mysterious chalk hill figures carved into the landscape of Britain - with a particular emphasis on Wiltshire, will be on display at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum until 27 February 2011.
There are many white horses and hill figures carved into the landscape across the country, from the Uffington White Horse, to the Cerne Abbas Giant and the Long Man of Wilmington.
Our exhibition focuses primarily on the chalk figures of Wiltshire where spirited white horses can be seen galloping across the chalk downlands and military badges stamp poignant reminders of the past into the landscape.
To see and hear more about the exhibition, see our Exhibitions Officer, Jenna Spellane, interviewed by Vision News South..
Exploring their location, design, history, legends, folklore and maintenance requirements the exhibition features some stunnning aerial photographs provided by Last Refuge Ltd, to whom we are immensely grateful. The exhibition also includes historical items and ephemera, as well as artistic interpretations through photographs, artwork, ceramics and poetry from local, national and international artists. Items from the Museum's own collection not usually on show are included, together with items from other organisations and private collectors.
Exciting additions were made to the displays during November giving visitors the opportunity to see more fascinating objects, including new works by David Inshaw, Helen Chester, Joanna May and Alan Bond.
Pride of place amongst these new artworks is a stunning and previously unseen original oil painting of the Cerne Abbas Giant by internationally renowned artist and Devizes resident, David Inshaw. Also new is an oil painting of the Uffington White Horse Hill by Anna Dillon. Anna’s artwork showcases her vibrant style which focuses upon the contours and light of the landscapes she depicts. New works by Wiltshire artist Helen Chester show Wiltshire’s white horses in a contemporary style, using intense colours to reflect the passage of time and seasons. A beautiful triptych from wildlife artist Joanna May’s Mystical Hares series, shows white horses alongside her trademark British brown hares. Joanna is a recognised artist whose work has been sold at Christies and featured on BBC’s Springwatch. A series of sculptures by Seven Seven artist Alan Bond imagines the horse as a three-dimensional animal or roadside hoarding and plays with the distortions that often arises from photographic images. Alongside these new artworks are historical programmes and souvenirs showing celebrations held at the Westbury White Horse for coronations and jubilees.
A day school exploring the chalk figures carved into the landscape of Britain was held in July, followed by an evening walk to the Devizes Millennium White Horse and in August we had a White Horse themed Family Day. In September we held a very successful Wiltshire White Horses and Hill Figures Forum and in October there was an opportunity to walk in the Pewsey Vale to the spot where two of Wiltshire's white horses face each other.
Booking: Not required. Museum open seven days a week 10am to 5pm (Sundays noon to 4pm) Cost: Usual Admission charges apply
Source -Wiltshire Heritage Museum