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Ernest Gimson: Observation, Imagination & Making Exhibition


23rd November 2019 - 25th February 2020

Celebrating the life and work of key Arts and Crafts Movement designer in the centenary year of his death, 1919

2019 marks the centenary of the death of Ernest Gimson: ‘The greatest of the English artist-craftsmen’

Ernest Gimson was one of the key designers of the Arts and Crafts Movement. He lived and worked in Sapperton, a village not far from Cheltenham, for most of his life. This curated in-house exhibition explores Gimson’s creative process as a designer, focusing in turn on his architecture, furniture, textiles, metalwork and plaster. The Wilson holds Gimson’s extensive archive of sketchbooks, designs, photographs and letters and the exhibition will explore the journey of Gimson’s ideas from sketch to finished product with items from our collection and with rarely seen private loans.

Lunchtime curator chats

Join exhibition curator Kirsty Hartsiotis on the second Thursday of the month for an informal chat about a selection of the objects and archives in the exhibition:

Thursday 12th December: Furniture

Thursday 16th January: Textiles, plaster and metalwork

Thursday 13th February: Architecture

Your ticket will also give you access to the Gloucestershire Guild of Crafts Residencies and also responses to Ernest Gimson’s work by students from Gloucestershire College, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Our Bright Future and the Wilson Arts Collective.

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