Exhibition ‘Enchanted – the Magic of Nature’ opened at Chippenham Museum on Saturday 18 May with a number of featured artists welcoming visitors and speaking about their work. The exhibition, open until Friday 31 May with free entry, features the work of 12 local artists and is the second in Chippenham Museum’s Artspace exhibition programme.
Artspace@Chippenham Museum is a new annual season dedicated to showcasing the best of new and local art. From 4 May to 26 July the gallery will host a programme of specially curated displays changing every two weeks.
‘Enchanted – the Magic of Nature’ presents nature at its most magical. Gold, silver and other precious metals prevail in the work of local artists and designers who explore landscape and nature in their work.
Artists Charlotte Englefield, Tim Stoneham and April Fool at Chippenham Museum
Collections and Exhibitions Officer, Alan Fuller said “It’s wonderful to see the artists’ work combine and complement each other to create such a vibrant display. We hope this and the other exhibitions in the season will draw attention to the sheer breadth and depth of creativity that can be discovered in the local area”
The Artspace@Chippenham Museum season features four further exhibitions, including the work of several local arts groups such as Chippenham and District Artists.
Chippenham Museum’s Curator Melissa Barnett said “I am beyond proud of the team who put this programme together and of the local artists that are taking part. We have so much culture to celebrate in Chippenham and North Wiltshire.”
Over half-term families can enjoy a number of activities inspired by the Enchanted exhibition. On Tuesday 28 May artist April Fool will be leading sketchbooking workshops for ages 9 – 15 (£2, book at museum or online here) at 10.30am and 1pm. On Thursday 30 May families of all ages can enjoy free animal inspired drop-in activities 10.30am – 2.30m. Throughout half-term an Enchanted trail will be sprinkling the museum with magic and mystery.
Chippenham Museum, a Chippenham Town Council facility, is free to visit and tells the story of the people and history of Chippenham and surrounding villages from prehistoric times up until the present day with a varied programme of exhibitions and displays.