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October 2017 – February 2018

Michael Petry: In the Realm of the Gods
Oct 20 – Feb 25 all-day
Michael Petry: In the Realm of the Gods @ The Holburne Museum

In the Realm of the Gods explores the ley lines hidden beneath the city of Bath since the time of the Ancient Britons. Artist Michael Petry has created a newly commissioned glass ley line, to be shown alongside works exploring the mythical and mythological connections to the Holburne’s collection and place, and his own place within it.

Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception
Oct 20 – Jan 21 all-day
Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception @ The Holburne Museum

“… dazzling” The Sunday Times

This exhibition will explore one of the most exciting threads of art history of the past 150 years. Many artists from the Impressionists onwards were inspired by scientific colour theories, such as the pointillist work of Georges Seurat, where colours other than those actually painted on the canvas are generated in the eye of the viewer.

During the 20th century this interest in perception extended to creating a sense of movement and a variety of artists from the Vorticists to Josef Albers looked at using form, and often colour, to convey the sensation of movement. This interest intensified in the 1950s and 1960s in what came to be known as ‘Op Art’ and ‘Kinetic Art’, exemplified by the work of artists such as Victor Vasarely, Bridget Riley, Jeffrey Steele and Peter Sedgley.

This art has had a bold legacy right up to the present, not only in the further development of some of these artists but also in the work of others including Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jim Lambie and Sara Moorhouse.

Exhibition organised by Compton Verney
Principal Sponsor: The University of Bath

Is Seeing Believing?
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Is Seeing Believing?  @ The Holburne Museum

Is Seeing Believing? The Psychology and Neuroscience of Illusion in Art
Children love perceptual illusions. Of course scientists and artists do too. Why do many adults grow out of this fascination with illusions? One reason might be that illusions are “optical” errors of the physical world, or “magic tricks”, and therefore irrelevant to normal experience. Join Michael Proulx as he explores how illusions can be both scientifically interesting, and artistically useful, precisely because they are directly relevant to daily life. Michael reveals that even perceiving something as simple as this black pigment on a page is in a sense an illusion. This lecture will reveal the psychology and neuroscience behind art and illusion.

Michael Proulx is Reader in Psychology and Director of the Crossmodal Cognition Lab at the University of Bath. He received his PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. He is a Fellow of the Society for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science of the American Psychological Association and the recipient of a New Investigator Award in Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance from the APA. He was also a torchbearer for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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In Conversation with Sara Moorhouse
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In Conversation with Sara Moorhouse @ The Holburne Museum

Join ceramicist Sara Moorhouse in conversation with Holburne Director, Chris Stephens, to discover the inspiration behind her ceramics exhibited in Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception. The evening will reveal how the theme of arable landscape underlies Sara’s practice, as inspired by the brightly-coloured and linear landscape of Nottinghamshire where she grew up. Fascinated by the ways in which this landscape changes throughout the year and alters the volume of space she explores how coloured lines affect the appearance of space and form. Sara has created several collections, including Equilume, Pulse and St. Ives, which consider colour theory and the notion of changing form through colour.

Sara Moorhouse studied Illustration at Wolverhampton in 1993 where she specialised in Children’s Books. She then undertook a PGCE in Exeter and taught art for 6 years. In 2003 she joined a Masters programme in Cardiff where she developed her ceramic practice and also wrote a PhD about the ways in which colour affects the perception of three-dimensional ceramic forms.

'Pulse 01', white earthenware, underglaze colour, matt glaze © Sara Moorhouse

‘Pulse 01′, white earthenware, underglaze colour, matt glaze © Sara Moorhouse

An Evening with Phillip Dyson
Jan 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
An Evening with Phillip Dyson @ The Holburne Museum

The charismatic Phillip Dyson returns to the Holburne Museum with another sensational show featuring some of the world’s most popular and best loved piano classics. Works include pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and George Gershwin, as well as anniversary celebrations for Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Scott Joplin, and Fats Waller. This concert will also feature the first performance of Phillip’s latest composition, especially written and influenced by our exhibition, Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception.

International Concert Pianist Phillip Dyson has been described by critics as simply “brilliant”, with a “wonderfully dry, very British sense of humour” and a recent recital in New York City accredited him as nothing less than “magnificent”. A world class pianist and great entertainer performing to sell-out audiences around the world. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC and Classic FM, tours throughout the UK and has a great international reputation in Europe and America, gaining enormous popularity in both the classical and light music repertoires. Phillip Dyson is a Decca Classics recording Artist.

Anthony Fry: A Retrospective
Feb 9 – May 7 all-day
Anthony Fry: A Retrospective @ The Holburne Museum

We are delighted to be showing the first museum retrospective of the painter Anthony Fry (1927-2016), who enjoyed huge commercial success in Britain and America during his lifetime but has not previously been recognised by a major exhibition. Comprising works lent from prestigious private collections, the show reveals the considerable extent of his talent.

Fry was an artist who lived and worked near Bath for sixty years but who made pictures that expressed his principal inspiration of travel. His early work, dominated by dancing figures, reflects the landscape of Tuscany. From the late 1980s his painting is characterised by strong, intense colour, influenced by the landscapes and culture of India, Morocco and the Sahara Desert, and Andalucía.

Exhibition Supported by The Linbury Trust, The Monument Trust, Browse & Darby

Paint Partner: Farrow & Ball