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Collections Unwrapped: Friends of Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum lecture series

Collections Unwrapped: Friends of Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum lecture series

These talks will be given by past and present curators and other acknowledged experts.  They will be held on the first Thursday of each month, starting on 1 September and will take place in the Regency Room at the Queen's Hotel, Imperial Square, Cheltenham.  find out more about our talks series on the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum website

Next week one of the most important yet little-known collections; the Emery Walker Library. Kirsty Hartsiotis, Curator of Decorative Arts & Designated Collection will talk about ‘Emery Walker and the private press, from Arts and Crafts to present day’.

Emery Walker was, to many, the lynch pin of the private press movement.  He was also a prominent figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement and in the Socialist League.  This talk looks at his many connections both at home and abroad, from close friends like William Morris and T J Cobden-Sanderson, to more distant acquaintances like Bruce Rogers and T E Lawrence.  Drawing on new transcriptions of his correspondence, and showing newly digitised images from the collection, this talk will illuminate the man that the architect Philip Webb called the 'eminence grise of the Arts and Crafts Movement'.  Find out more about Emery Walker in our Emery Walker Library Pages.

Kirsty Hartsiotis is the Curator of Decorative Arts & Designated Collections at Cheltenham.  She has been with the museum for just over 3 years, and has so far worked mainly on the Arts and Crafts collection.  She has recently worked on a project to digitise the Emery Walker Library, as well as redisplay the Arts and Crafts Gallery.  Prior to coming to Cheltenham, she was the Collections Development Manager at Swindon Museum & Gallery, and has just published Wiltshire Folk Tales with the History Press. 

The series will continue into summer 2012.  Future Arts and Crafts Movement related talks include:

2 February 2012 'Artists of the Arts and Crafts Movement' Michael Storm, museum guide

1 March  2012 ‘Arts and Crafts chairs’ Dave Walton, museum guide

5 April 2012 ‘Barron and Larcher: Partners in Print’ Jan Turner, museum guide

Each evening will start at 6.00pm with a complimentary glass of wine.  The illustrated talk will start at 6.30pm and the evening will conclude by 7.30pm.

Tickets, £7.00 for Friends and £8.00 for non-Friends, are on sale at the Tourist Information Office, The Promenade, in advance, and also on the door, numbers permitting.

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