Journey into the wild

Wild Worlds image courtesy of The Gloucestershire Echo

Wild Worlds image courtesy of The Gloucestershire Echo

This summer, The Wilson invites you to journey into Wild Worlds, an immersive and innovative exhibition of artwork inspired by beasts savage, domestic, fantastical and real, or at least based on real creatures.

The exhibition takes up two whole floors at Cheltenham’s beautiful art gallery and museum on Clarence Street, and offers the chance to explore, play, dream and create.

Single Dog by Catrin Howell

Single Dog by Catrin Howell

The exhibition, in two parts, is on until 4th September, with the lower floor showcasing a display of animal art on loan from Aberystwyth University’s ceramics collection. “From lions, tigers and rhinoceroses, to more familiar creatures like cows, foxes, and dogs, this part of the exhibition will encourage children and families to consider how animals are used around the world in storytelling and mythology,” says Julie Finch, CEO of The Cheltenham Trust, which manages The Wilson.

Raku Duck by Tony White

Raku Duck by Tony White

In the second section, upstairs in the third floor gallery, you’re invited to enter a purpose-built wild world of discoveries, where flowers bloom and parrots zoom.

Wild Worlds parrot image courtesy of The Gloucestershire Echo

Wild Worlds parrot image courtesy of The Gloucestershire Echo

Inspired by work produced in children’s workshops run by Kerrie Reading, artist Sarah Butterworth and a team of practitioners have worked to transform the gallery into an interactive, tactile, and sensory experience.

Wild Worlds LogoColour, lighting, sound, movement and texture all contribute to evoking the impression of a land where anything is possible.

“We’re very excited about welcoming visitors to see Wild Worlds this summer at The Wilson,” says Julie. “This is a unique, unusual and hugely creative exhibition, and we’re hoping that both children and adults will enjoy feeling like they have explored wild worlds beyond their expectations, and discovered animals to inspire their imaginations.”

Find full details at www.cheltenhammuseum.org.uk.