In April 2023, we welcomed our first ever artist in residence Jo Holdsworth. Jo is an award winning contemporary British painter based in Wimbledon and known for her striking paintings of reflected and elongated figures. She takes inspiration from London’s ever-changing landscape and urban city views, as well as the coastal reflections in Cornwall at low tide. Her work has been on album and magazine covers and her dynamic and unique paintings are collected throughout the world.
As part of her residency Jo created a series of sketchbook drawings responding to the Museum’s collection and the historic building in which the Museum is located. Jo kindly donated her sketchbook of Museum drawings to the Museum at the end of her residency. It is currently on display in our special exhibition ‘Behind that Door – unlocking the history of 22 Ridgway‘.
Jo also created a new series of large paintings at the Museum and visitors to the Museum dropped in to the adjacent Norman Plastow Gallery to watch her work and find out more about her practice. The large scale pieces created during her residency were on display in Jo’s Solo Show in the City of London at 60 Threadneedle Street until the end of January 2024.
Photographer in residence, Shamani Surendran
Shamani Surendran was Photographer in Residence in September 2023, and selected several images of Wimbledon Common and its surroundings for inclusion in her exhibition Flora | Reimagined. In their own way Shamani’s images aim to provide a contemporary complement to the rich history of Wimbledon and the Common.
As part of her residency, Shamani took a series of portraits titled ‘Scenes, Seen and Unseen’ of the building which hosts Wimbledon Museum, 22 Ridgway. These photos explore both the public areas and views of the building, as well as the places hidden from view behind the scenes.
They are currently on display as part of our ‘Behind that Door – unlocking the history of 22 Ridgway‘ special exhibition.
Young Wimbledon Artist
The museum collaborates regularly with Young Wimbledon Artist. In November and December 2023, the adjacent Norman Plastow Gallery hosted a YWA exhibition in collaboration with the Royal British Legion Wimbledon, “We Will Remember Them”. This featured paintings inspired by this theme, created by pupils aged from 7-11 years old attending local schools.
There’s plenty going on in the museum for children – come along and try out our new Rainbow Trail 🌈 helping kids explore the museum! Can they find all the objects and colours?
For our youngest visitors we have a specially commissioned Wimbledon map playmat and plenty of toys to build their own town.
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We currently offer two workshops for schools and home-schooled groups. We are developing more and may be able to offer a bespoke session or run an outreach session.
We can arrange special visits for groups of up to twenty people on Fridays.
We can also host evening visits by special arrangement with the Village Hall Trust. A drinks reception can be held in the adjacent Lingfield Room and guests can visit the museum (maximum 20 in the museum at any one time).
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