Hilary's mural means the washing is still done at local museum
Standing at an easel to paint is straightforward, but when your canvas is a large wall, where do you start? To find out, Neil Haverson meets a local artist.
In early Victorian times, The Bridewell at Wymondham was a women’s gaol. In the washhouse the prisoners did not only do their own laundry but also for the prison at Norwich. Today The Bridewell is the home of Wymondham Heritage Museum. What is now the garden was the courtyard where the washing was hung out to dry.
When it was proposed that a mural should be painted on one of the walls, it was the laundry that artist Hilary Shuter chose for the theme.
Apart from three A1 posters for The Otter Trust, Hilary, from Wymondham, says: “I usually do small.” By this she means about A4 size, so being presented with a wall 3x2.5 metres must have been a daunting task.
But Hilary has been drawing and painting for many years.
“I was always a scribbler,” she says modestly. “When I was at school I was drawing Equus instead of declining it. I was told to stop or I could go and do something else. So I went and did German.”
Hilary Shuter with her one-centimetre brush at the Wymondham Heritage Museum where she has painted a new mural.