Gallery cel­e­brates ge­nius of Stan­ley Spencer

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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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