Art in the Parks

5th May 2021 / News archive

A new arts trail starts in Chippenham from 5 May, with ten images of artworks from Chippenham Museum’s latest exhibition amongst the trees in John Coles Park and Monkton Park. The trail takes place during National Walking Month, a campaign celebrating walking as a way of helping the environment while improving wellbeing.

The artworks feature in Chippenham Museum’s latest exhibition Spotlight On. Open 17 May – 19 June with free entry, the exhibition celebrates North Wiltshire’s creativity with 40 artworks from the museum’s modern and contemporary art collection. The museum has also launched a blogs series introducing thirteen of the artists featured in the exhibition.

Art Outdoors has been created in partnership with the Town Council’s Environmental Services Team. Walkers can scan a QR code at each point for an interactive map giving additional information about the artists and trees at each location, viewable here too:


Head of Heritage and Museum Services, Melissa Barnett, said “The museum has a prominent collection of modern art, donated by the artists themselves, as a record of local creativity. We hope through this trail the community can take a minute to relax and consider each piece while enjoying Chippenham Town Council’s beautiful green spaces.”


two women stood next to a tree holding an art outdoors banner in a park

Melissa Barnett, Head of Heritage and Museum Services, and Heather Leach, Vice Chair of The Kington Langley Arts Society, in Monkton Park

The banners have been sponsored by The Kington Langley Arts Society, enabling greater access to art in the community.

The society’s Vice Chair Heather Leach said, “We are proud to sponsor the banners for Chippenham Museum’s Art Outdoors project so that this wonderful collection is more widely experienced. The Arts Society Kington Langley believes that the arts have the potential to enrich peoples’ lives and this is at the heart of everything we do. Our members support a variety of Arts Volunteering projects in our local community and we know that access to art can change lives.”

Chippenham Museum is a free entry Chippenham Town Council facility, re-opening from 17 May. The museum looks after the town’s collection of 35,000 objects with family activities and changing art and historical exhibitions. Open Monday to Saturday, drop in 10am to 1pm or book a free Private View for up to six people or two households at 1pm, 2pm or 3pm. This is a unique way to experience the museum, perfect for families to explore or those who would feel more at ease.