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by Tom Fieldhouse (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
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

Tania Kovats
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.

'Used to', by Chris Black
Heavyweight machinery, made with wafer thin paper and cardboard.

The Local Touch- 'Bath at Night, by Nick Cudworth

Georgian townhouses by night
Bath at Dusk- a view of the back of a Georgian street

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.

Bath by night.

The man himself is also proudly on display.

Nick Cudworth, as he is now

Permanent collection, permanently fascinating

Upper Gallery
Five centuries of art

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.

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Why? Three Great Gallery spaces, at the heart of the city
When: Consult website for 2019 dates
Phone: 44 (0)1225 477233
Where: Bath City Centre
Cost: Consult the website. There are concessions for specific groups.
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