Holburne Museum unveils centenary programme

Gallery also fundraising for acquisition of Thomas Lawrence work
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The Holburne Museum in Bath has announced plans for a series of events and exhibitions to mark its centenary next year.

The museum, which moved to its home on Great Pulteney Street in June 1916, is planning three exhibitions: Impressionism: Capturing Life (13 February – 5 June 2016), which will feature 29 masterpieces from British public collections; Stubbs and the Wild (18 June – 2 October 2016), which will look at the 18th-century artist’s animal studies and fantasy pieces; and Silver: Light and Shade (22 October 2016 – 15 January 2017), which will highlight the visual impact of silver and its potential for creative, design-led objects.

The museum is curating all three exhibitions itself.

Other centenary events will include painter and sculptor Djordje Ozbolt selecting key areas of Holburne’s collection displays to work with (1 October 2016 – 22 January 2017).

“We are grounded in history but we also look to the future,” said Jennifer Scott, the director of the Holburne Museum. “We are constantly pushing ourselves to be fresh in the way we display artworks from the past but also by displaying contemporary art.”

The museum is also trying to raise £420,000 to acquire a preparatory oil sketch by Thomas Lawrence of one of his most successful portraits, Arthur Atherley. Lawrence lived and worked in Bath during his teens, from 1780 to 1787.

The museum needs to raise nearly £62,000 before the end of January 2016 to reach its acquisition target. Money has already been secured from the Art Fund and the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund.

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