From the Director's Desk

Hussein Salim and his painting, Somewhere in Africa, introduced by Gallery Director, Brendan Bell. Painting donated by FOTAG.

Hussein Salim and his painting, Somewhere in Africa, introduced by Gallery Director, Brendan Bell. Painting donated by FOTAG.

There is still time to catch Ben Nsusha’s retrospective exhibition, which closes on Sunday 11 September. Due to a cancellation we have extended the Lorna Peirson memorial exhibition until early November.

There is a small but significant link between these two shows. When Lorna began painting again after her retirement she founded the Richmond Art Group. In 1993 the group donated an etching to the Gallery, by none other than Ben Nsusha!

The Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (FOTAG) recently acquired Hussein Salim’s large painting, Somewhere in Africa, for the Gallery’s permanent collection. One of the major themes in the painting is the layering of geography, time and culture. It prompted us to devise a fresh display of art works from the permanent collection entitled Migrations, in the newly refurbished Perimeter Gallery. The permanent collection lends itself to the interplay of works by artists from different places, times and cultures.

FOTAG’s fundraising activities are essential to the continued growth of the permanent collection. Please support the highly successful annual Fabulous Picture Show.

The large ornamental clock in the Ceramics Room will soon be removed for repair. This will include replacing springs in the internal mechanism and reconstructing the four angels which were stolen some time ago.

The Gallery will be installing a generator in the event of electricity outages, and a new chiller plant for the climate control system. Much needed exterior conservation of the building will also take place. This may at times cause inconvenience to visitors and we ask you to bear with us.

Brendan Bell

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