A river runs through it: the watery world of painter Sarah Wenden revealed at the
River & Rowing Museum
- Sarah Wenden presents a new exhibition of striking riverscapes
- Opens 21 January at the River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1BF
- Collection of 30 new works available to purchase from the Museum.
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Visitors to the River & Rowing Museum’s Kirkham Gallery in January will be transported to a watery world through a new exhibition of mixed-media paintings by Oxfordshire based artist Sarah Wenden.
Opening on 21 January, this exhibition of 30 new works features a collection of beautiful and dynamic depictions of riverbanks – a subject matter Wenden has devoted her artistic career to. For this new exhibition, which Wenden has been creating since 2008, she has captured the Thames and its lesser-known tributaries near her home in Oxford, becoming captivated not only by reflections in the water but by the way it has shaped the landscape it passes through. The works on display will also be available for purchase – further information available from the Museum upon request: email@example.com
Alongside her distinctively bold, brightly-coloured collages and intense yet contemplative oil paintings will also be displayed a number of her preparatory sketch books, allowing visitors to trace the artist’s process from the initial drawings through to the finished works.
Sarah Wenden, who’s career spans over 30 years, is a master in the art of capturing the light reflected on water and her vivid depictions of Britain’s riverbanks have been exhibited all over the UK. Her work is celebrated in public and private collections across the UK and abroad and her impressive career includes residencies at Kew Gardens and teaching positions at several art schools including the Cardiff Art School where she was a Junior Fellow.
Artist Sarah Wenden said: “I have always had a fascination with the beauty and complexity of water. It’s a wonderful challenge to capture the light dazzling off its surface, or portray its movement and power through paint. This new collection is especially close to my heart as it depicts the riverbanks of my home near Oxford. I’m delighted to be showing my work at the River & Rowing Museum”
Rachel Wragg, Senior Curator at the River & Rowing Museum said: “Sarah Weden’s wonderfully evocative depictions of the river have a unique resonance with the Museum and it’s location on the banks of the river Thames. We’re delighted to be hosting this exhibition of new work, which continues the Museum’s ongoing support of local artists.”
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Notes to Editors
The Exhibition opens January 21 2012, in the Kirkham Gallery, and runs until March 18 2012.
The River & Rowing Museum
(www.rrm.co.uk) The River & Rowing Museum, an independent charity, is one of the UK’s leading regional and sporting Museums, attracting over 114,000 visitors a year. The Museum also has a purpose built education centre visited by over 20,000 children and adults a year. The Museum provides superb value for money. Tickets are £8 for adults and £6 for children and provide free access for one year. The Museum celebrates four themes explored through a wide variety of exhibitions and events across four galleries and special exhibitions:
- The past, present and future of the River Thames
- The historic riverside community of Henley on Thames
- The international sport of rowing
- The Wind in the Willows
Since opening in August 1998 the Museum has received numerous awards including the National Heritage/NPI Museum of the Year award, the Sandford Award For Heritage Education and the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.
Location, opening and ticket information
- The River & Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1BF. Tel. 01491 415600.
- The Museum, terrace café and shop are open every day from 10am - 5.30pm in summer and 10am - 5pm in the winter
- Tickets give FREE admission for a whole year!
- Admission is just £8 for adults, £6 for children aged four and over, FREE for children aged three and under and £6 for senior citizens and concessions
- Free parking for visitors
The River & Rowing Museum is part of the Thames Valley Museums Group (TVMG) Family Friendly initiative - a scheme that brings together 29 Museums across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, to promote their popular appeal to the whole family.
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