Mayor’s Choice 2012

Press Release: 07/02/2012

Image - Wonston Church copyright to Winchester City Council)

City Space will be hosting the popular annual Mayor’s Choice exhibition from Saturday February 11th until Sunday March 11th. Pictures from Winchester City Council’s collections have been selected by the present Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Barry Lipscomb, who has chosen a range of artwork that reflects the diversity and scope of the collection in the care of Winchester Museums.

Cllr. Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport for Winchester City Council said,

This exhibition invariably proves popular with local visitors and rightly so, as the work on display is always selected from the Museums’ topographical collection which almost entirely consists of artwork with strong local connections, either because of the subject matter, the artist or quite often a combination of the two.”

The paintings, covering a period of over 200 years, give visitors the opportunity to view often familiar sites and places of interest in a new light.  Travelling further back in time, there will also be a selection of fascinating objects reflecting the local history of Wonston and Micheldever, the parishes represented by the present Mayor. Visitors have an opportunity to see items from the collections not normally on public display, from Neolithic flints and Bronze Age metalwork to a 19th century brass coin scale used at Micheldever Station.

This free family friendly exhibition has plenty of activities for younger visitors as well. There are puzzles, a spotter quiz and colouring-in sheets with an opportunity to become a City Space Art Expert!

The Right Worshipful, The Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Barry Lipscomb said,

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity as Mayor to make a personal selection of paintings from the City Council’s wonderful collection. I hope that visitors to the exhibition will share my fascination with the way generations of artists over the years have managed to capture the diversity and unique character of Winchester and the surrounding area”.

The Mayor’s Choice exhibition opens on Saturday 11 February and runs until Sunday 11 March. 

City Space opening times: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm

Admission is free.