Spotlight On: Alun Crockford

29th April 2021 / Museum, Museum blog

Our Spotlight On blog series introduces thirteen of the artists featured in exhibition ‘Spotlight On: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection of Chippenham Museum’.  The second in a series, the exhibition presents 40 works acquired in the last five years to ensure our collection better represents North Wiltshire’s creativity, with the majority of works donated by the artists.

Please introduce yourself: What is your name, where are you based, what medium/style do you work in?

I am Alun Crockford, a fine art photographer based in Corsham. I primarily work with large format film cameras and all the paraphernalia that goes with it.

Why did you want to be involved with this project?

Because I it’s the right thing to do, I would like to think the work that has been donated will prove a springboard for future donations and will create a legacy collection which will be invaluable for future research.

How did you decide which piece to donate to the museum and can you tell us more about it?

This is part of a series I did exploring identity through ownership. I asked people to describe themselves with small objects that had a personal resonance. I then photographed them referencing the Spanish painter Francisco Zubaran . The piece I donated is my self-portrait, the objects like all the others in the series have an embedded memory which gives them a profound personal value , validated by the act of photographing them.

Alun Crockford, “these things I am”, photograph, 2010

Why do you think having public access to local art is so important, such as through this new collection being created at Chippenham Museum?

Because it makes art accessible. People visiting the museum will hopefully relate to the work, understand it was created by people exactly like them and will be inspired to both create their own art and explore the work of others.

Why do you think North Wiltshire has such a creative culture?

The historic connection to both the Bath Academy and the collection at Corsham Court must have a bearing. I would also suggest that the environment in all its aspects is conducive to making art.

‘Spotlight On: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection of Chippenham Museum’ is free to visit 17 May – 19 June. Open Monday – Saturday with two ways to visit:  drop in 10am – 1pm or book a free Private View for up to six people or two households at 1pm, 2pm or 3pm. 


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