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20th July 2019

Expert looks at Ipswich’s Constables


An international art curator is coming to Ipswich’s Christchurch Mansion next month to talk about the importance of Suffolk artist John Constable.

The Mansion is home to the most important collection of Constables outside London and John Sheeran is to deliver a lecture to launch a new series on the masterpieces of Western art, which will be held in the town next year.

This keynote event is on Wednesday 26th June in the Mansion’s Wolsey Gallery and tickets are now on sale.

“It is fantastic to launch this event, which will be part of our Ip-art festival in the summer,” said Councillor Bryony Rudkin, Ipswich Borough Council’s Culture portfolio-holder. “John Sheeran has a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of Constable’s art so it will be good to publicise further the importance of our collection in the Mansion.”

Sheeran-&-RudkinThe Wolsey Gallery has recently been renovated and holds a number of significant works both by Constable and fellow Suffolk artist Thomas Gainsborough.

John Sheeran, of Framlingham, was curator of the Dulwich Picture Gallery and subsequently curated the United Nation’s Millennium Art Exhibition in New York. He now presents talks on the great painters from Giotto to Picasso.

John said: “Constable saw painting as a means of expressing his deepest feelings. He wanted people to stand in front of his work and feel the wonder and vitality of nature. I hope my talk will give people a strong sense of the emotional depth of Constable’s work. I also want to show just how experimental and revolutionary a painter he was. It is a privilege for me to give this lecture in a gallery full of his paintings.”

The lecture is at 10.30am on 26th June. Tickets costing £10 can be bought from www.ipswichregent.com

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