Sidney Nolan: Reflections

THE GALLERY   26 May - 29 August 2017

Open every day of the Presteigne Festival up to and including Tuesday 29th August, incl Sunday and bank holiday Monday, 10am-5pm

The Gallery is CLOSED from Wed 30 August, re-opening for h.Art with our International Residency Prize Exhibition: 9-17 September

Admission free; suggested donation of £5

Barry Pearce, curator of the 2007 Nolan retrospective at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, says of Nolan: “…a man who longed somehow to project himself into space to think about the world and its ways from a great distance, and return to it reborn as a child.”

Nolan was self-taught, experimental and innovative. He acknowledged that he could have been a poet but decided instead to set out to embody in his paintings the intensity and the emotion of the poetry that he loved by writers such as William Blake and Arthur Rimbaud. He became a kind of lyrical artist, intent on expressing emotions above all else. 

Until late in his life Nolan would regularly visit T. Rogers and Co in Battersea, London where his personal collection of paintings was in store, having asked to see certain works in advance. He would sit in reflection surrounded by them for an entire afternoon. These works were his record (almost as if sketches on a postcard or notes in a notebook) of a lifetime of ideas and emotions. He would return to them over and over again for inspiration and for reference.

To mark the centenary of Nolan’s birth, we are showing a selection of works from the Trust’s collection, together with a few works generously loaned by private individuals, that offer us that moment of reflection on Nolan’s extraordinary oeuvre. 

Sidney Nolan, Still life with cherries, 1977, Ripolin and oil on hardboard, 122 x 91.5 cm, © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust​

Studio interpretation by Tom Carter and Sally Butler of The multimedia guide provides visitors with insight into Nolan’s use of materials, different techniques, how he created his later works and his life at the Rodd. The mini tablets are free for visitors to use and contain fascinating photographs, images of his work and expert narration by Paula Dredge, conservator April Johnson and Trust director Anthony Plant.

The Gallery at the Sidney Nolan Trust is housed in a courtyard of ancient barns. The Gallery is accessible for wheelchair users via an internal ramp. Please ask staff for assistance and do call in advance to discuss access arrangements. Parking for those with limited mobility is available adjacent to the courtyard. WC, including wheelchair accessible facilities, are available in the courtyard.

Supported By

Arts Council England