The Horse in Art rides in as Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum romps to £750,000 victory

By Ben Miller | 31 March 2011
An image of a still from a film showing a horse walking inside a cathedral
Kathleen Herbert, Stables (2007)© Kathleen Herbert
Exhibition: Fine Form: The Horse in Art, various venues, Cheltenham, until April 30 2011

The home of The Cheltenham Festival has seen thousands of thoroughbreds gallop across its hallowed tracks, and this innovative show features photographic, digital, painted and sculpted examples from the likes of Christopher Le Brun, Kate Denton, Mark Wallinger and Tania Kovats, as well as a smaller selection from the venue’s own collection.

Organised in partnership with race planners and the University of Gloucestershire, the split-site exhibition takes to the university’s Summerfield Gallery and the racecourse’s Centaur venue, heading out as the Gallery and Museum celebrates winning a race of its own.

A photo of the outside of a modern gallery on a road
The Art Gallery and Museum is about to undergo a radical overhaul
A £750,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant will allow a £6.3 million redevelopment of the building to begin tomorrow (April 1 2011), creating new galleries, facilities, learning and education spaces and arts development programmes. Contractors are expected to be working on the site between June 2011 and the end of 2012.

  • Summerfield Gallery, Albert Road, Cheltenham. Open 9am-5pm (10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday). Admission free.
  • Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham. Open 10am-5pm (except Sunday). Admission free.
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