Spotlight On: Chloe Yandell

26th May 2021 / Museum, Museum blog

Our Spotlight On blogs and vlogs introduce 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.

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

My name is Chloe Yandell and I first came to Bath in 1996 to study a BA (Hons) in Conceptional Fine Art at Bath College of Higher Education which during my time changed to Bath Spa University College. I instantly fell in love with Bath and its surrounding areas and have stayed ever since. I further gained a PGCE in Secondary Art and Design.

Throughout my creative journey I have used a variety of mediums to convey a concept. Ideas and processes have always been a big part of my work.

After spending time to concentrate on teaching and raising a family I re-connected with my art practice and started work from my studio in Corsham in 2016. Inspired by beautiful surroundings and creative people.

Why did you want to be involved with this project?

As an artist and educator, I was fascinated about the idea of a permanent collection of local modern and contemporary art. My work is directly influenced by the relationship with my surroundings, so links well to being part of a new project for the community. I am delighted that my painting has been invited to be part of this collection and sit alongside such great artists. It is an inspiring body of work, full of exciting possibilities.

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

‘Lost’ was a painting created during the first year at my studio in Corsham. During this time, I was re-visiting many creative styles and concepts. This painting represents the beginning of techniques that I use throughout my paintings. It symbolises a starting point, new beginning, and re-establishing art connections, its essence being lost in the security of its surroundings.


Lost, mixed media on board

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

I think public access to local art is very important. Art allows the viewer to experience, think, feel, relate, express, communicate, inspire,  learn, explore, and create. Projects like the Modern and Contemporary Art Collection at Chippenham Museum facilitate this process making it accessible to all ages.

Seeing local art gives us a sense of history, an idea of story and helps us  to develop a deeper understanding of the place around us.

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

North Wiltshire has a long history of art connections with its creative culture continuing today. The area provides many local art opportunities, community projects and means of celebrating success in the arts. North Wiltshire and the surrounding areas are full of outstanding nature, history, and architecture, which has been inspiring and continues to inspire many artists and creatives.

‘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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