Caught In Time


  5 – 11 September 2012


  • Heather Mansell-Jones

Diploma Central School of Arts and Crafts, London

BSc. (hons) Psych University College, Swansea

MA History of Modern Art Falmouth College of Art, Cornwall

  • After an eventful life I moved to Cheltenham several years ago and had more time to paint and draw for pleasure and creative excitement. This will be the     third exhibition at The Gardens Gallery that I have shared with fellow artist and friend, Annette Harrod. We are looking forward to another successful and enjoyable week with this current exhibition – Caught in Time.
  • This collection of work attempts to capture the drama and excitement of using the Oxford museums for drawing and study – The Natural History, Pitt-Rivers and Ashmolean museums. The subject matter and natural forms offer infinite possibilities for interpretation, ranging from the narrative to the abstract. I rediscovered a sense of wonder at the stories that lay quietly in the cabinets and have tried to record that wonder through contemporary eyes using drawing and collage as my tools. As a contrast to that intensity there are also some works in a lighter, more playful mood.


  • Annette Harrod

BA University of Gloucester

MA in Fine Art (printmaking) University of Gloucester

  • My current work is influenced by the birth of my first grandchild – an event of great happiness. My theme for this exhibition features bunting with all its association of celebration and joy. I always work instinctively and explore my chosen subject in a variety of ways, floating between description a abstraction. My printmaking techniques vary from collographs, etchings, screen-printing and linocuts. Each image is unique although I might work through a theme until I have completed all the possibilities. I am hoping to communicate a strong emotional connection with the viewer.


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The Gardens were originally developed in the early 1800's and its centrepiece is the Bandstand.

Facing the Bandstand is the Proscenium Building where we now have our Gallery.

Follow for a history of the gardens and for information about Friends of the Bandstand and Gardens(FOMBAG).


  1. There is wheelchair access to the gallery from the path between the tennis courts and the gallery.
  2. For exhibitors delivering their work, there is a locked bollard to be removed at the gardens entrance. See link below for details.
  3. Unfortunately, there is no disabled parking in the gardens.
  4. Exhibitors should take care to design their exhibition layout with wheelchair use in mind.

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