summer's exhibition at the Gallery, open now until November
2014, is entitled 'Paradise Regained. Spencer in the Aftermath
of the First World War'.
The theme, timed to coincide with the 2014 Centenary of the
Great War, examines the effect this momentous event had upon
Stanley Spencer's art. On display are key paintings
from the period through which the artist sought to regain
the artistic vision he feared lost as a result of the trauma
of war. Also exhibited are works and supplementary material
about Spencer's wartime experiences in Macedonia and the planning
of the Burghclere Chapel.
Gallery is dedicated to the life and work of Sir Stanley Spencer
RA. (1891 - 1959)
The Stanley Spencer
Gallery was first opened in 1962, three years after the artist's
death. It stands as a lasting memorial to the man who became
synonymous with the village of Cookham. He loved his home;
it gave him the strength and comfort he needed to be able
to allow his imagination to soar and to fully exploit his
genius talent for drawing and painting.
Can You Help Find Stolen Spencer Painting?
is now exactly two years since the Gallery was broken into and
the painting Cookham
from Englefield, painted
by Spencer in 1948, was stolen.
picture, illustrated here, was removed from its frame and
the canvas stolen, which measures about 90 by 60 cm (3 by
2 feet). It
was on loan to the Gallery and the owner and Gallery wish
above all else to have the painting returned. Thames Valley
Police have followed up on various pieces of information over
the past two years, but despite some positive leads, have
yet to recover the painting. The theft of the picture was also publicised nationally
on BBC Crimewatch, and a reward of £10,000 offered anonymously
for the safe return of the painting.
have no reason to think that the picture has been destroyed,
and therefore ask readers to report any information they might
have to the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101 (dial 01865
841148 from outside Thames Valley Area).
If you don't want to speak directly to the police you
can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or
recorded and you will not go to court.
Click here for more information.