The number of visitors to the Constable Aspire exhibitions at Christchurch Mansion’s Wolsey Art Gallery has grown and grown. When Alan and Linda Weeks, of Clopton, became the 25,000th visitors they were given a free tea with John Constable himself in the tearoom.
One of Constable’s greatest works, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831 was unveiled in Ipswich at the beginning of the year and since then a special Constable Gardens exhibition has continued to draw the crowds. A show exploring the relationship between works by Lucian Freud and Constable is running until January 2016.
This new display and the tour of Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows are part of Aspire, a five-year partnership project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund to enable the work to go on almost constant view across the UK.
Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831 was secured for the British public through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), The Manton Foundation, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation) and Tate Members.
At the Wolsey Art Gallery, the painting complements Ipswich’s collection of Constables and Gainsboroughs – the most significant collection of works by these masters outside London. Constable and Freud: Legacy and the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing is on display until 31st January 2016.
Entry to Christchurch Mansion and Ipswich Museum is free.