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Published January 26th 2019
Victoria Art Gallery- a place packed with lovely creations
With an impressive permanent collection, an ever-changing exhibition and a local artist gallery, there is a lot to see at Bath's Victoria Gallery. Housed in an imposing Victorian building right next to the picturesque Georgian Pulteney Bridge, it is a great place to escape the city for an hour, or to while away a Sunday afternoon.
'On Paper', a well-versed gallery
A pencil drawing, 'Books from the White Horse Library, part of the 'On Paper' exhibition
All works in the current exhibition on the ground floor are made of, or inspired by, paper. There is everything from a gently swaying art installation to photorealistic graphite drawings of books. This is a cosy but interesting gallery space and beautifully lit.
Heavyweight machinery, made with wafer thin paper and cardboard.
Adjacent to the gallery reception is a wonderful gallery full of the works of local artist Nick Cudworth. Several glycee prints are on display and are all for sale. Cudworth has captured the glowing, beautiful light that shines on Bath 'honey' stone, especially at sunset. He has captured several well-loved parts of the city, but also some more unusual locations. They are all beautifully observed and capture the grandeur and beauty of Bath's buildings.
Upstairs, the permanent collection covers six hundred years of painting and sculpture. There is a lovely mix of local well-known known artists and some huge names, including Thomas Gainsborough and Grayson Perry. My favourite is the larger than life portrait of King Henry the Eighth, in all his royal finery. I like it all the more because it was painted by an unknown Renaissance artist and was donated to the gallery in th1950s's.
King Henry the Eighth
Admission to the gallery is very reasonable, and there is an army of knowledgeable and friendly volunteers who can and will tell you about the works of art. With a children's activity station and comfortable bench seats, there is comfort and intrigue for all. If you are visiting Bath, then this gallery is a special place, that will give you wonderful insight into what this lovely city is and was.