“ART Treasures of Tameside”, the new exhibition which opens at the Astley Cheetham Gallery in Stalybridge on Saturday, November 17, celebrates the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy.
On display are works by former members, students and exhibitors of the Royal Academy including JMW Turner, George Frederic Watts, Edward Burne-Jones and Eduardo Paolozzi.
The Academy was founded at a time when artists were concerned with the status of their profession. The first president, Joshua Reynolds, encouraged them to capture the artistic ideal rather than simply copying from nature. This ideal, and how to recognise it, became part of an education that distinguished artists from craftsmen.
Membership of the Royal Academy is limited to a select number of living artists who represent some the most influential painters, sculptors, printmakers and architects of their time.
Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for culture, said: “The Astley Cheetham Gallery is always a fine place for an exhibition, but especially for work by artists of the calibre of Turner and Burne-Jones.
“Our collection includes some fine paintings by Royal Academy members and I would strongly encourage people to visit the Astley Cheetham Gallery and take a look at them.”
The Astley Cheetham Gallery is on Trinity Street, Stalybridge, above the library. For the rest of the year it’s open on Saturdays November 17, December 1 and December 15.
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