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Contemporary works of art inspired by the collections of the museums in the Wessex Museums Partnership.

The Wessex Museums Partnership invited Ann-Marie James to explore Salisbury Museum’s collections and three partner museums (Dorset Museum, Poole Museum and Wiltshire Museum) and choose an object from each to inspire a series of works.

James spent a year creating the finished pieces, all in gold and white. Gold derives from the Bush Barrow Lozenge (Wiltshire Museum) and the tale of Bacchus and Midas (Poole Museum); white from the chalk that the Amesbury Archer (The Salisbury Museum) was originally found in; and the white of the Roman mosaic (Dorset Museum). The techniques used to create these works include drawing, painting, printmaking and gilding with 24ct gold leaf.

James’ work is held in the collections of the British Museum, London; the British School at Rome, Italy; Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the John Jones Collection, London. She has undertaken art residencies in Italy, Japan and the USA.

This exhibition has been generously supported by Ridinghouse/Karsten Schubert.

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