Put yourself in the Picture

City Space at Winchester Discovery Centre will be hosting the popular annual Mayor’s Choice art exhibition from 14 February until 22 March 2009.

This year’s theme is ‘Around the District’, which offers the chance to explore the wider Winchester District, and provides the opportunity to see some pictures that are rarely seen.

The Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Michael Read, has chosen the pictures from the art collection managed by the City Council. There will also be a number of interesting objects on display that have been found, used and made in the district, including decorative Victorian pottery made in Bishop’s Waltham, a prehistoric stone axe from Twyford and a complete Anglo -Saxon pot from Itchen Abbas.

To keep with the theme of being out and about in the district, visitors will be encouraged to go out and see some of the countryside, historic churches, buildings and views depicted in the paintings.  The Winchester group of the Ramblers’ Association is offering walks throughout the district, and information on Self-guided walking and cycling tours will also be available at City Space.

Families inspired by the exhibition can come along to a free “Drop in and Draw” art activity on Monday 16 February, 10am-4pm, where they can create their own landscapes to take away or leave on display.

The Mayor of Winchester said: “Winchester City Council has a large collection of images of the district, showing how generations of artists have been inspired by the beauty of the area.  I hope the pictures in this exhibition will inspire people to visit and enjoy the local countryside for themselves.”