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.
Alison Milner-Gulland: Constantly updating
6 February to 29 March 2014
A retrospective exhibition should be quite straight forward for museums and art galleries to display, as there is a natural chronology to the work. And yet, aptly for Alison Milner-Gulland, just as her art and ceramics defy easy pigeon-holing or glib artistic statements, so there can be no such thing as a retrospective. As Washington-based Alison said, she is “constantly updating” the art; nothing is static and only when it leaves the studio and ends up on the wall of the purchaser can the work truly be said to be finished. So when Horsham District Council’s Horsham Museum and Art Gallery wanted to hold a major solo retrospective exhibition on this local but nationally recognised artist, an exhibition that would give a narrative to the development of her art, there could only be one title: ‘Alison Milner-Gulland: Constantly updating.’
The exhibition is supported by the Washington-based auctioneers and fine art valuers, Toovey’s, and includes a selection of ceramics. Like Alison’s art they are different to what one would expect, even their making shows individuality of technique. What other ceramicist would use a goose quill to draw out the images in her ceramics?
Alison’s art has been inspired by the local landscape, but that statement doesn’t tell the full story for it is not just the landscape that caught her imagination, but her relationship with it as she rides over the downs around Chanctonbury Hill. The movement of the horse, the sweep and curves of the Downs, the wind blown trees and the changing effect of light—both sun and moonlight, have all inspired and are portrayed in her pictures. Two stunning masterpieces, Moonlight and Red Sky over Chanctonbury, are being exhibited.
Living in Washington you would be mistaken if you thought that Alison’s work only reflects the pastoral or the idyllic, for Alison is of the 21st century. On display in ‘Alison Milner-Gulland: Constantly Updating’ are works inspired by conflict in Syria, of life lived in Russia and of great works of Russian literature. The diversity of techniques is mirrored in the range of subjects covered and this is what makes the exhibition a must see, an artistic experience that is different from anything else you will see in 2014.
‘Alison Milner-Gulland: Constantly Updating’ is supported by Toovey’s Auctioneers; it offers the chance to see an artist who is at her height of her creative powers and combines brilliant insight, imagination, techniques and colour. It is an exhibition that you won’t want to miss and you have the opportunity to buy her works, which, thanks to the Own Art Scheme, are within reach of most visitors.