Freedom on my Doorstep: Wiltshire Museum brings white horse history to Devizes

By Culture24 Reporter | 21 August 2013

Exhibition preview: Freedom on my Doorstep, Wiltshire Museum, Devizes, until August 31 2013

A photo of the inside of a museum with psychedelic walls and computer screens
As immersed in folklore as they are embedded in the hills, the Wiltshire White Horses are, as the Wiltshire Museum continually illuminates, powerful symbols of art and local heritage.

The latest public projects around these psychogeographical calling points have taken a lot of walking. In June, teams of adventurers made creative meanders to these equine landmarks, returning with the pictures, drawings, sounds and thoughts which will shape a new exhibition, by lead artists Ali Pretty and Richard White, in thrall to landscapes, places and the communities they affect.

A virtual sound park, a mobile app prototype and visualisations across the walls of the galleries are a few of the initial creations. And a mass of silk flags, painted by schoolchildren to greet walkers returning from a five-day journey across all eight horses, will end their trail – the Long Walk spans hundreds of miles – in celebratory fashion.

Each step of their sloping way will be charted through a live link within the installation. The walk ends with a street party at Devizes International Street Arts Festival, coinciding with the Bank Holiday weekend.

  • Open 10am-5pm (11am-5pm Tuesday, 12pm-4pm Sunday). Admission £2-£2.75 (free for under-16s). Follow the museum on Twitter @WiltshireMuseum‎.
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