Mayor’s Choice Exhibition explores the subject of ‘home’

Press Release: 10/02/2010

This year’s Mayor’s Choice Exhibition has opened at City Space in the Discovery Centre. The theme of this year’s exhibition is place & home.

The exhibition, which runs until 28 February, includes watercolours, photographs, and objects from Winchester City Council’s museum collections.

Each year, the Mayor of Winchester personally selects items from the collection to include in the exhibition. This years Mayor, Cllr Dominic Hiscock decided to focus on items which illustrate the theme of ‘housing’; a subject he feels passionate about.

The pictures, together with objects such as locks, chimney-pots, and keys, help to illustrate aspects of the homes that many of us take for granted.  The exhibition will run throughout half-term. Children visiting the exhibition are invited ro draw a picture of their own home or their dream home, and put it on display.

Cllr Hiscock commented: “Having a roof over your head is considered a basic human need, and yet there are some people who do not have a home.  It is my hope that the collections held by the City can help people think about the idea of home whilst still enjoying the pictures and objects.”

Ross Turle, Winchester City Council’s Curator of Recent History who is responsible for the exhibition, added: “Art and museum collections can be viewed for the pleasure of the objects alone, but they also provide a novel way to explore contemporary subjects and issues.”