It feels a lot like autumn already with the nights starting to draw in. I have noticed quite a few really interesting exhibitions coming up so thought I would share them: close to home (for me anyway) there is ‘Bacon and Moore’ at the Ashmoleum, Oxford which looks to be fascinating. I have been doing quite a bit of stonecarving over the summer so am looking at sculpture with whole different eyes! That one runs from 12 Sept to 19 Jan. Then at the Royal Academy from 26 October is an exhibition of Daumier’s work; his washy monochrome atmospheric paintings are a joy! And the V&A are running a ‘Masterpieces of Chinese Painting’ also from October 26 which I imagine will be drawing on pictures from the vaults and should be really interesting.
Then I must not leave out (as I am now a Trustee and have been involved in the organisation) our very own West Ox Arts in Bampton is putting on an exhibition of costumes from Downton Abbey throughout September. Bampton Gallery has lost grants this year because of the local council cuts so are trying to raise some funds with this exhibition which is a paid entry. Bampton is the outside film location for Downton Abbey and Carnival Films have lent us the costumes as a thankyou for putting up with them. Hopefully it will be a huge success and put some money in the coffers so we can continue supporting the arts locally.
Anybody gets to any of these exhibitions before me, I would love to know what you think! In the meantime, I am off to Andalucía in early September for a pastels holiday. I haven’t ever done one of these before and am really looking forward to it. To be able to just paint all day with no chores hanging over you feels like a real indulgence. Can’t wait!