The charity opening night of our Art in Motion: Spirit of the Horse exhibition is a champagne and canapé reception with proceeds being donated to The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy. The FCRT is a charity for young people with significant and limiting disabilities and difficulties learning. Through working with horses, young people are able to develop skills in empathy, communication, living and working independently, making friends, taking responsibility and growing in self-awareness. The results bring long-term benefits and a positive impact to the individuals and communities.
The exhibition will be opened by stud owner Alastair Margadale and FCRT charity director Jennifer Dixon-Clegg.
The second in our Art in Motion series celebrates the ‘Spirit of the Horse’. The show pulls together some of the greatest exponents of Equine Art from the 19th century to the present day.
The horse has been a constant source of inspiration to artists throughout history, from the cave paintings of Lascaux 16,000 years ago to modern depictions of the racing thoroughbred. Our relationship with the horse is constantly evolving, from willing worker, comrade on the battlefield, symbol of status or sporting animal; the horses success and fate has been entwined with our own. The horse continues to embody the living essence of freedom and spirit, which fascinates many artists to this day.
Set within the remarkable 13th Century Barn, the exhibition is supported by an educative and insightful series of events.
Mike Austin, Charlie Barton, Antoine-Louis Barye, Nick Bibby, Isidore-Jules Bonheur, Stephen Chambers, Charles Church, Mark Coreth, Sue Crawford, Henry Dallal, Edgar Degas, Sophie Dickens, Emma Sergeant, Nic Fiddian-Green, Elisabeth Frink, Kathleen Herbert, Frippy Jameson, Kensuke Fujiyoshi, John Willis Good, Hannah Fowler, Herbert Haseltine, Lucy Kemp-Welch, Charlie Langton, Olivia Musgrave, Angela Palmer, Steve Pettifer, John Skeaping, Brian Taylor, Caroline Wallace
With thanks to:
The Sladmore Gallery, Jonathan Cooper, Great British Racing Association
Messum’s Wiltshire is a pioneering multi-purpose gallery and arts centre celebrating the creative endeavour.