One of John Constable’s great landscape paintings is to be recreated in Wales as part of his birthday celebrations – from the actual landscape.
We are being invited to create a collage depicting a small square of Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831 using items found in the Pembrokeshire coast. The 120 different squares will then be assembled in the Oriel Y Parc gallery at St Davids, where the painting is currently on show, to make an eclectic, full-size copy of the work Constable himself wanted to be remembered by.
The collage is just part of the celebrations at Oriel Y Parc to be held on Saturday, June 11 – what would have been the artist’s 240th birthday.
Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831 was secured for the British public though major grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Manton Foundation, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation) and Tate Members.
Aspire is a five-year partnership project between Tate Britain, National Galleries of Scotland, Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, The Salisbury Museum and Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund, which will enable this work to go on almost constant view at these venues.
Each partner will display the work in the context of their collection, alongside an inspiring programme of activities enabling audiences of all ages to enjoy and learn more about the work of John Constable