This new exhibition, from the collections of the Bingham Library Trust, looks at the work of Cirencester artists who have lived and worked in the town over the last 200 years. It includes some of the very earliest depictions of Cirencester - painted by John Burden and John Evans - both drawing masters.
The exhibition also excitingly presents some works by lesser-known, and rarely displayed, artists in the collection. These include both art-school trained and amateur artists working in the town: the Gibbons family of three brothers who all trained at Cirencester School of Art in the 1860s and 1870s and from the 20th century the Flexen family of painters.
Stunning new acquisitions to the collection will also be on display: a work by 20th century painter Anthony Klitz, known for his often red-clothed figures painted against a misty atmospheric backdrop; a contemporary painting by local artist Tracey Elphick; as well as a large watercolour of the Market Square, dated 1794.
The Trust is also inviting visitors to the exhibition to have their say by adding details of other Cirencester artists.
The exhibition is free to visit and will be open on the following times:
Open: alternate Saturdays 26 May – 6 October, 2018, 10.00 to 2.00 (9 & 23 June, 14 & 28 July, 11 & 25 August, 8 & 22 September) and 5 - 7 Sept 11.00 to 4.00 for Heritage Open Days