Sited in the former dining room of the house during the Georgian and Victorian eras, the Art Gallery features a regular programme of exhibitions by some of the district's most exciting artists. We aim to develop and feature exhibitions by professional artists and crafts people with strong individual styles and distinct narratives to their work.
WITHIN THE WOODS - SARAH & PETER SLIGHT
Photographer and artist Sarah and Peter Slight combine in this intriguing exhibition of their art, inspired by the nature of woodlands and designs from the 1970s.
Artists in the Frame
The grandson of the man who painted Bubbles, an artist who went blind, another who was a professional by the age of 19 and another who exhibited over 20 paintings at the Royal Academy: these are artists in the frame. The new temporary exhibition at Horsham District Council’s Horsham Museum & Art Gallery showcases artists who have lived or worked in Horsham district, revealing both talent and fascinating lives.
The importance of the art on display has nothing to do with fashion and everything to do with talent and connection to the town and district. Henry Charles Fox, a prolific artist but today neglected, so easily captures the essence of the area with its wooded river banks, tree lined paths and later Victorian/Edwardian rural life. Some 50 years later the talented water-colourist Edwin Harris caught the sense of the South Downs with broad sweeping washes of colour, balanced with the more confined greens of fields. Artists in the Frame’ is an interesting look at the rich artistic culture of Horsham District, and runs until 30 August 2014.
One of the most popular artists of his day was Dendy Saddler. Born in Dorking, he grew up in Horsham in the 1860s before moving to London. There Dendy’s illustrative paintings caught the public imagination and soon were transferred to very popular prints. Today they are no longer fashionable, but that does not deny his skill as an artist. Another professional artist, Raul Millias, had an eventful life. Born in Horsham to the artist and naturalist John G. Millias, he accompanied the writer Hemmingway when he toured Spain, later having commissions from patrons including Churchill.
Most of the art on display at Horsham Museum has been purchased with the help of the Friends of Horsham Museum; two however required national support to make it possible. Both watercolours are delicate and so can only be display on occasion. One by the virtually unknown, but important, George Robertson, shows Warnham mill bridge, c. 1765. Robertson developed the technique of scratching out over washes of colour, thus creating delicate lines. The painting was purchased by a grant from the National Art Collection Fund, while the V&A Purchase Fund enabled the Museum to acquire the impressive watercolour by John Claude Nattes who visited the town in the 1780s and captured a romantic view.
Both exhibitions close on Saturday 30 August 2014. For further information please contact Jason Semmens, Curator.
Philip Padwick - 5 September - 25 October. Philip Padwick was born in the manor house opposite the Museum in Horsham and he learnt his trade in Paris in the 1930s. This exhibition celebrates his talents.