Horsham Museum and Art Gallery opened their ‘Off The Wall’ exhibition to the public today. It follows the successful private view yesterday evening where artists and collectors gathered to see the diverse selection of art which will be taken ‘Off The Wall’ to be sold at Toovey’s Contemporary Art Auction on July 21st. Event organiser Nicholas Toovey overheard comments such as “The standard is so high this year”, “What an incredible mix”, “So much seems good value” and Nicholas’ personal favourite “I want to buy all three”.
Nicholas says “It was a fabulous evening supported by lovely people, all willing to share my enthusiasm for promoting Contemporary Art in Sussex. Horsham Museum provides the framework to display items of our local heritage. In an ever-changing society this provides an important sense of ‘place’. It is wonderful and rare to find a local museum that not only displays these items from the past, but is willing to showcase works of art for the future. I am always incredibly grateful to Jeremy Knight, Museum and Heritage Manager, for sharing this unique vision and displaying the works so beautifully. Thanks must also go to the artists for creating the works for the exhibition and auction. The variety on offer is testament to each artist’s individual approach to his or her subject and medium. I hope the eclectic mix will provide something for everyone.”
Rupert Toovey, Director at Toovey’s and a Trustee of the Museum, remarked “I would like to thank Jeremy Knight whose vision and curatorship at the Horsham Museum and Art Gallery has resulted in this remarkable ‘Summer of Art’ series of exhibitions. I would also like to thank the Horsham District Council for its continued support for this important resource for local residents and businesses. Horsham Museum has one of the highest visitor numbers of any museum or art gallery in the South of England and its footfall and location in the Causeway is of vital benefit to businesses not only in the town centre but across the Horsham District.”
The June issue of All About Horsham (AAH) magazine, also out today, features a fascinating write-up on pages 56-60 about the exhibition and auction by the editor, Ben Morris. The whole magazine can be viewed online by clicking here.
‘Off The Wall’ runs until 7th July at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, 9 Causeway, Horsham. The museum is free to enter and is open Monday -Saturday 10am – 5pm (excluding bank holidays, open Monday 4th June 11am – 4pm). All works will featured in the preview exhibition will be sold at Toovey’s Contemporary Art Auction on 21st July.