From 1 April to 30 June, Cogges Manor, Witney present their first ever Artist in Residence exhibition, with a show of new work by local painter Sally Wyatt.
Since 2016 Sally has been making a visual record of a year at Cogges, reflecting the beauty of a working landscape that boasts a 1000 year history. Cogges Manor is a well-known and much-loved visitor attraction and community venue, but for Sally, this year has allowed her to discover a very different side of Cogges and to interpret the heritage farmstead in her own unique way.
‘I have spent time at Cogges through the seasons, absorbing, mark making and sometimes drawing the meadow, trees and nature’ says Sally, ‘observing the vegetation in the meadow, the woods and the garden in summer, seeking interesting light and shade, the tree structures devoid of leaves and the starkness of deepest winter. This year has changed the way I see Cogges. My memories were of the old farm museum that my own children visited 20 years ago. I want to thank Cogges and the Trustees for responding to my request to paint in the grounds with the offer of a residency and a venue for a solo show. I’m very excited about the exhibition and hope this first Cogges exhibition will inspire more artists to do the same’.
Colin Shone, Director of Cogges Heritage Trust, says ‘Sally’s time here has shown us all the beauty and heritage of Cogges in new ways. I hope it will inspire different audiences to see us afresh through an artist’s eyes, and encourage them to interpret Cogges in their own way. A beautiful sequence of work has emerged throughout the year, and we look forward to inviting the public to see the exhibition and begin a new dialogue with this most ancient of landscapes’.
Sally’s solo exhibition, entitled ‘Trace’, will be on show around the historic buildings and spaces of Cogges from 1 April to 30 June. Cogges and Sally’s exhibition will also be participating in Oxfordshire Art Week from 13 to 21 May.