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Chilterns Landscapes Art

Chalk, Cherries and Chairs was delighted to have held ‘Chilterns Landscapes’, an exhibition of art, and accompanying workshops, all inspired by the outstanding natural beauty of the Central Chilterns, which took place at Wycombe Museum between 24th April and 1st May 2022. 

‘Chilterns Landscapes’ showcased the relationship between art and the gently undulating, rich chalk landscapes of the Central Chilterns. The art on display celebrates both the distinctive wildlife and natural environment in this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and also the special cultural heritage which has developed here over centuries of our local history.  
 
It is the product of our vibrant local communities, in our towns and villages, including a community of fine artists, past, present and future.  The exhibition formed three parts: 

  • Reproductions of fine art from local and national museums 
  • A small sample of work submitted for our consideration by some of the many contemporary commercial and amateur artists living and working in the area 
  • Entrants and winners of an art competition organised for local school children, who produced work inspired by their own impression of places in the region they call home.  

Alongside the beauty of the fine art pieces, visitors learnt how Chalk, Cherries and Chairs is addressing the real and immediate challenges facing the Central Chilterns, including ancient woodland being sold off, wildlife habitats fragmenting through developments like housing estates and HS2, traditional orchards and hedgerows disappearing, and an increasing disconnect between people and their local landscape. To help visitors and residents further connect with their local area, events and volunteering activities taking place later in the year, related to the works of art were available for visitors to register their interest in.  

A prize giving and launch event was held at the start of the exhibition, followed by a series of workshops throughout the week, including linocut, drawing and painting, as well as a Children's Day. 
 


'Whiteleaf Cross' by Paul Nash, reproduced under licence from Manchester Museum

 

Exhibition Guide

A free Exhibition Guide brochure was available in hard copy at the Exhibition; additionally you can view it below, or download it here.

We very much hope visitors to 'Chilterns Landscapes' came away feeling connected to the wildlife and cultural heritage of the Central Chilterns, having learnt something new, and inspired to get involved in protecting and enhancing our incredible Chilterns Landscape. 

 

Poster of Chilterns Landscapes Art Exhibition, featuring  'Bledlow Ridge' by Gordon Bradshaw,  from the Discover Bucks Museum collections

 

 

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