Just over a week ago, family, friends and supporters of John Hinchcliffe and the Salisbury Museum gathered for the private view opening of my father’s exhibition. It was so wonderful to hear Professor Simon Olding speak so eloquently and authoritatively about his work, and to see (for perhaps the last time) my father’s supporters gathered in a room in appreciation of his talents and spirit. I, like my mother Wendy Barber, felt an overwhelming sense of warmth and emotion – thrilled to see so many people there who have played such a intrinsic part in their lives (and subsequently mine). What a joy too to see this carefully curated collection of work (by my mother and co-curator Jac Arnold) in one space – notably the rag rug bought by the V&A in the 70s and a short film made for the BBC in the 70s showing a young John Hinchcliffe living in Southstoke (West Sussex), weaving, talking about colour and feeding the cows to make ends meet – it gives a real sense of the creative explorations and development made by my father, the artist, craftsman and designer.
The main exhibition ‘The definitive works of a decorative artist’ runs alongside a print exhibition (upstairs) until Jan 16.
“The Mick Jagger of the art scene”
“The Hinchcliffe exhibition is the best curated show I believe I’ve ever seen at the museum”
“Take your out-of-town friends to the museum before mid-January: they’ll be impressed”
To read a review of the exhibition, published in The Salisbury Journal, please click here
Artist Workshop: On November 18 & 25th and on the 2nd December, Wendy Barber together with Rachel Sargent, will lead a three session workshop on the art on lino-printing. For further information contact 01722 332151