Composing in Colour

“Composing in Colour – Oil Paintings by Catherine Dowell”

3 – 9 July 2013

  • “For me, each sound or piece of music that I hear is transformed into dynamic colours and shapes.  So I have tried to paint the sounds that I see as a more abstract way of representing the musical pieces and instruments.  In painting I am also trying to examine how our feelings can be affected by the senses, so that through painting one may perhaps help someone experience a sense in a changed way.My exhibition includes two series of paintings based on music.  Firstly the Tewkesbury Abbey series: these paintings are my reactions to inspiring music heard in the Abbey (such as Allegri’s Miserere) and to the musical instruments portrayed on the Angelic roof bosses.The second series is based on Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs.  These settings of poems by George Herbert are truly beautiful, and I hope that I have captured something of their beauty in my paintings.

    Of course, most people will not ‘see’ music as I do; nonetheless I hope that you will find the paintings both engaging and thought-provoking.”

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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.

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  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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