Excess and the Everyday
Looking at Still life from the 17th century to the present
Until Wednesday 30 September
Donations welcome, free entry
No booking required
This exhibition is located in our Maker Space (Gallery C).
Still life has proved a popular subject in Western art since the 17th century. Historic still life paintings frequently pictured luxury items of the day in order to celebrate material pleasures such as food and wine, as well as to warn of the temporality of these pleasures and the brevity of human life.
Since the late 19th century, artists and makers have generally used simpler still life arrangements as a way of demonstrating skill or for formal experimentation. Some examples of still life from the Shipley’s painting and craft collections are on display in this gallery.