Back in 2009 the Museum was approached by the Public Catalogue Foundation, their aim being to photograph every oil painting in public ownership in the country. It was a huge feat and STEAM was happy to help out. We have a small painting collection here at the Museum, and only five oil paintings. However, we have five very beautiful and different paintings that are now featured in the new Gloucestershire and Wiltshire edition of the Catalogue.
This edition of the catalogue was launched at Highgrove on 3rd May 2011 with a champagne reception hosted by HRH The Dutchess of Cornwall, the patron of the PCF. Both Felicity Jones and Elaine Arthurs of the Curatorial Department were lucky enough to be invited to the launch. The afternoon started with a two hour tour around the gardens at Highgrove, followed by champagne and canapes. It was a real honour be there, alongside other institutions, such as hospitals, local councils and galleries, who all display various publically owned oil paintings.
Felicity and Elaine spoke to her Royal Highness and were able to tell her all about STEAM, even suggesting she brought her own family along! Prince Charles opened STEAM in 2000 so it would be great if his wife could come too!
All those invited to the launch were given a copy of the catalogue. It is a massive book full of some amazing paintings - and this is just for two counties! Our five images look stunning and colourful. A range of abstract, modern and traditional style oil paintings.
It was a great afternoon and one Felicity and Elaine will not be forgetting soon!
|Elaine Arthurs and Felicity Jones meet HRH The Dutchess of Cornwall|