Spotlight On: Judith Beeby

29th April 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 Judith Beeby and I live in Lea but work in a studio at Stockham Marsh Workshops in Foxham.

I work in two different media. After graduating I focused on painting large and colourful abstract works in gloss paint. However, during lockdown I have been working on a series of watercolour landscapes which, I felt, were more appropriate during such difficult times.

Why did you want to be involved with this project?

I was very keen to become involved with this wonderful project which celebrates the rich and diverse artistic history in the area, utilizes the beautiful space within the museum and brings together local artists.

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

The piece I decided to donate, entitled The Cliff Edge, illustrates local feelings since the start of the pandemic. I hope that my watercolours reflect the fears and anxieties that many of us have felt over the last few months and in doing so provide some comfort.

Judith Beeby, Cliff Edge, watercolour

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

We know through local galleries, support groups and art trails that there is wealth of artistic talent in the area. It is particularly important at this difficult time to provide comfort and enjoyment to local people and art is very much needed.

At the same time we need to support our local museum and our local artists who have all been working in isolation and need to come together.

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

In North Wiltshire we are surrounded by beautiful countryside, historic sites and wonderful museums and galleries. The energy and enthusiasm of local groups, close proximity to Bath, Bristol and Salisbury have all contributed to a rich creative culture.

‘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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