innovative contemporary art for the cotswolds?

11 June 2012 § 3 Comments

‘Innovative’ and ‘contemporary art’ are not words that you would usually associate with the word ‘Cotswolds’ – Land Rovers, Labradors and Conservative party gatherings perhaps come to mind more readily. Other than a mere handful of galleries in Oxford and Bristol the whole region has a desperate dearth of places where one can reasonably claim to be able to enjoy the type of contemporary art which one could genuinely define as being ‘new’ or ‘fresh’.

But could this all be about to change? The new owners of an historic grade II listed Victorian gothic mansion (apologies for the mouthful, but that’s exactly what it is) are opening a new contemporary art gallery. They promise to bring all that is innovative and interesting from the London art scene out in to the (contemporary) artistic wilderness that is ‘Poshtershire’.

Julie Cockburn – Bird

Located in Clanfield, close to the border between Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire there will be an indoor space with a rotating exhibition programme whilst the formal gardens will host garden displays of contemporary works – but do not think stone and bronze.

Alex Chinneck Concrete Cross Dresser

I do have to pause at this point and declare a personal interest. Yes, it is our very own gallery – so of course it is wonderful. But I can also promise you that the above statements are also true. There will be no impressionistic landscapes, no meaningless Rothko-style abstracts and above all no horses, cats or dogs – except for Lola, the gallery Labrador who will guard fearlessly and tirelessly against the above abominations.

The two Inaugural exhibitions – one in the garden and one in the gallery – will open with a champagne Private View on the 14 & 15 July 2012. Blog followers will be sent more information and have the opportunity to attend – watch this space.

A few works from the artists that will feature the first shows illustrated by means of  a taster. More soon! Meanwhile be sure to visit the High House website (in construction, part open) to register for news by email.

High House Gallery, Clanfield  OX18 2SH

Inaugural Exhibitions 14 July to 16 September 2012

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