Gallery celebrates genius of Stanley Spencer
MORE than 80 guests, including the Home Secretary, attended the opening of a gallery’s new exhibition.
The invited guests assembled in Cookham’s Stanley Spencer Gallery on Saturday April 25 for the official opening of the gallery’s new Creative Genius exhibition.
Speakers included the chairman of Arts Council England Sir Peter Bazalgette, Theresa May and the gallery’s chairman Stuart Conlin.
Dignitaries attending included the Mayor and Lady Mayoress of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, gallery trustee Viscount Astor, the director of Tate National Caroline Collier, supporters of the gallery Sir Hugh and Lady Stevenson, Chair of Camden Arts Centre John Gill, grandson of Sir Stanley Spencer John Spencer, Anastasia Tennant and Hedley Swain of Arts Council England and several private owners who lend their Spencer paintings to the gallery.
Theresa May, whose constituency covers Cookham, spoke of the Stanley Spencer Gallery being an exemplar of the ‘astonishing capabilities of teams of volunteers working together.’
Recognising that the gallery is run entirely by volunteers and employs no paid staff whatsoever, she mentioned the way it is ‘nurtured’ within Spencer’s home village, emphasised the exceptional achievement of those individuals involved, and suggested that wider recognition would help inspire others.
The exhibition includes a host of Spencer’s work such as The Betrayal, Crucifixion, 1921, The Last Supper, Christ Preaching at Cookham Regatta, Clipped Yews, Gardens in the Pound, Madonna Lilies, Separating Fighting Swans, Hilda, Unity and Dolls and At the Chest of Drawers.
The exhibition runs until March 20, 2016. For more information visit www.stanleyspencer.org.uk. More than 80 guests attended the opening of the Stanley Spencer Gallery’s new Creative Genius exhibition. From left, Sir Peter Bazalgette, Stuart Conlin and Theresa May
Mayor of Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor Richard Kellaway, attended the exhibition launch
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