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.

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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.

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