Our spring/early summer exhibition features the work of Robert Priseman. Robert is a local artist whose work has been exhibited and acquired by the V&A London, MdM Salzburg, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Musée de Louvain la Neuve, the Guggenheim New York, UMMA Michigan, Honolulu Museum of Art and the National Galleries of Scotland. He is Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, Visiting Fellow at the Human Rights Centre and Visiting Professor in Fine Arts Practice at the University of Suffolk.

The images on display on this station are all prints of drawings of his close family and friends, many of whom live or have lived in Wivenhoe. They reflect the diversity of the Wivenhoe community, at its best when it embraces the fluidity of time and people.

Robert says: “I like the idea of being part of a community and wanted to reflect how this supports and enables us to live our lives. To help explore ​this idea, I decided to draw a group of portraits of my close family and friends. They range in age from 13 to 92 years old, and either live in Wivenhoe or spend large amounts of time here, as I do. This process ​led me to appreciate more deeply how important our local geography is to us, as it mirrors ​our bonds of friendship and family.”

Anne: Graphite on paper

Olive: Graphite on paper

Aaron: Graphite on paper

Mum, Graphite on paper

Dad: Graphite on paper

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