Last Chance to See: Trowbridge Museum introduces Windows on Art across town

By Ben Miller | 09 August 2012
An image of a fairytale-style painting of multicoloured balloons floating over green hills
Caroline Walsh-Waring's The Parade of the Copper Beech entertains Clive's Creative Imaging as part of Windows on Art in Trowbridge© Caroline Walsh-Waring
Installation: Windows on Art, various venues, Trowbridge, until August 11 2012

If Trowbridge Museum seems a traditional starting point for this art trail around the Wiltshire town of Trowbridge, then Fabric Magic, on Silver Street, a branch of the Coventry Building Society and two empty units within the Castle Place Shopping Centre and Market are perhaps less expected.

An image of an abstract painting of two long light purple female faces
Ken Steadman's Faces are at Castle Place Shopping Centre and Market© Ken Steadman
This is the first time the museum – working with local artists and retailers ahead of the inaugural Trowbridge Arts Festival next month – has placed artworks within empty shop windows.

“It’s an opportunity to wander around the town appreciating art out of context,” says Exhibition and Arts Officer Sarah Jane Kenyon. “We want people to look at art in a new light and consider who should be able to view it.”

It’s a safe bet that the environs of Bath Midway Litho Limited have rarely welcomed fishes, a turtle and a dolphin before. But Sally Evans, an experimentalist who has settled on the “constant challenge” of watercolours for her works there, is bringing a glimpse of marine tranquillity to window shoppers.

“Its translucency lends itself beautifully to capturing light and the beauty of the natural world,” she says.

“Art has been a passion of mine for many years. Wildlife and water are some of my favourite subjects, as people can see from my Windows on Art display.”

Quilter Carole Stevenson makes a good match for Fabric Magic, and the empty shopping centre units receive Dali-inspired acrylics, abstract collages and engraved glass, as well as sculpture courtesy of art and design students from the town’s Wiltshire College.

More pictures:

An abstract, colourful painting of a shoe, eye, tape and an apple in front of a river
Ken Steadman, Apple of my Eye© Ken Steadman
An image of a colourful blue and yellow collage making up three sea birds in a line
Dorothy Hague takes her Birds to one of the empty Castle Place units© Dorothy Hague
An image of a white, grey, light blue and dark blue watercolour painting of a dolphin
Sally Evans dreams of a Dolphin© Sally Evans
A photo of a quilt with a blue border and an illustration of flowers and grass against white
Pretty Maids all in a Row, by quilter Carole Stevenson© Carole Stevenson
An image of a black cartoon-style illustration of an explosion with the word wham above
A Paul Workman acrylic, WHAAM, blasts into the Civic Centre© Paul Workman
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