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Ernest Gimson: Observation, Imagination and Making

A celebration of Ernest Gimson, one of the key designers of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

An exhibition of his sketchbooks, designs, photographs and letters along with finished products from The Wilson’s own collection and rarely seen private loans. In conjunction with this, seven members of The Gloucestershire Guild of Crafts will be presenting their process and work in residencies. Founded in 1933 the Gloucestershire Guild of Crafts developed out of the vibrant Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds at the turn of the 20th century and as such forms a direct link to the work of Ernest Gimson. Gimson’s work embraced a number of forms which are currently represented by the Guild including furniture, woodwork and textiles. 2019 marks the centenary of the death of Ernest Gimson: ‘The greatest of the English artist-craftsmen’. He was one of the key designers of the Arts and Crafts Movement and lived and worked in Sapperton, a village not far from Cheltenham, for most of his life. The residencies will present work by seven contemporary Guild members who will in turn present their work and practice through the ideas underpinning the Gimson exhibition. The central table showing their process and work will map a journey of Observation, Imagination and Making.