In Spring 2008 three groups were given special access to the Stonehenge monument on tours led by expert Julian Richards as part of the "Inspired by Stonehenge" exhibition. Now their artworks, created as part of this experience, are going on display at Salisbury Museum.
The exhibition includes beautiful silk batik banners and modern art pieces which show a varied response by the artists to their experience of Stonehenge, and intriguing interpretations of what Stonehenge means to some of its visitors today.
Alex Grant from Toozalii Community Arts worked with the Blue Skies Group, Salisbury, and The Redworth Club, Amesbury, in a series of workshops to make nine very colourful silk wall hangings. In the gallery you will also hear an audio installation of the participants discussing artistic ways of viewing and interpreting Stonehenge. The Fine Art students at Wiltshire College, Trowbridge, created individual interpretations as part of their course; the exhibition displays their preparatory drawings and paintings to show how they responded to their visit and the processes which informed their final pieces.
Funding was provided by Salisbury Mencap, Salisbury Museum and the Heritage Lottery Fund.