Official Launch of Swanage Seen Art Trail – 12th December 2009

SWANAGE SEEN ART TRAIL OFFICIAL LAUNCH

Jim Knight opens Swanage Seen TrailWe were thrilled with the launch of The Swanage Seen Art Trail on Saturday 5th December. The weather cleared and many people gathered on the terrace above the Prince Albert Gardens where the Mark Gertler panel was sited. His son, Luke, came especially down from London to open the event with a very interesting account of his father’s time in Swanage. Pennie Denton, author of Swanage Surrealism, who wrote the biography of Paul Nash, the next board on the trail, in the Heritage Centre, spoke of Nash’s connection to Swanage. Present too, Oliver Field, and his son Robert, descendants of Walter Field RA, whose painting ‘Come unto these Yellow Sands’ is depicted on the panel in Shore Road. Oliver gave enlightening account of his Great Grandfather’s life and times.

Jim Knight MP arrived and after an enthusiastic introduction, cut the ribbon and announced the Art Trail open! After celebratory drinks at the Art Hut, we followed the trail to the Heritage Centre, Paul Nash. Then to Shore Road where Oliver Field cut the ribbon on the Walter Field panel and spoke some more about his famous relative. On to the Denis Lowson art panel in Institute Road, Carlotta Barrow who had known Denis since the ‘50s told us about his life and work.

The rest of the Art Trail boards were on display in Totally Local, Commercial Road. The Graham Sutherland panel was on loan from Durlston Castle, Charles Conder, Augustus John and Alfred Palmer. The Henry Tanworth Wells panel on display for the first time is to be sited at the Burngate Stone Centre, Langton Matravers.

Grateful thanks to Cobalt Corporate Finance, Strata, Swanage Town Council, 4Matt Framers, Keates Quarries, Community Champions and all sponsors.

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