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Katy Welsh takes up a summer residency at The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum

Katy Welsh takes up a summer residency at The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum

Private View – Thursday August 1 from 6 – 9pm at The Wilson, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT.  Free entry, all welcome.

The Wilson, Cheltenham’s Art Gallery and Museum in Cheltenham is hosting illustrator and print- maker, Katy Welsh for a summer residency from Monday July 22 – August 25.

Bristol-based Katy has a love of colour, an eye for composition and an appreciation of craft. Listing her greatest influences as Matisse, Picasso, The Bloomsbury Group and Beyoncé, she has created designs for fashion, interiors and stationery and counts Heals, Hallmark,, Waterstones and The British Museum as her former clients.

During her time in Cheltenham, Katy will take her inspiration for new designs from the work of Arts and Crafts designer and architect, Ernest Gimson, ahead of an up-and-coming exhibition of Gimson’s work from The Wilson’s collection, in November.  She will also design unique prints and illustrations for giftware and stationery that will be sold in The Wilson shop alongside the Gimson exhibition.

Katy says; “The Arts and Crafts movement was a reaction to the damaging effects of Victorian industrialisation on the quality of everyday goods. It sought to reform design and manufacture by placing the craftsman back at the heart of the process and, in so doing, raise the status of the decorative arts.

“Ernest Gimson was a key designer in the movement, drawing inspiration from a wide range of stimuli and had a hand in every stage of the production process, making design a way of life.

“My work during the residency will be inspired by Gimson’s beautiful design pieces, responding to his use of pattern, form and materials.  Like Gimson, I strongly believe in the craft process, encompassing the process of design from conception to completion.”

Katy will be running a collage workshop, using vinyl shapes at her Private View on Thursday August 1 at The Wilson’s popular First Thursday event, which is open to all.

Katy’s work will be exhibited in the second floor gallery during The Wilson’s opening hours, visit the gallery’s website at for more details. Katy will also be updating her Instagram page during her residency.

The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum is run by The Cheltenham Trust, which manages Cheltenham’s cultural and leisure portfolio, including Leisure at Cheltenham, Cheltenham Town Hall, Pittville Pump Room and the Prince of Wales Stadium.


Editors notes:

The Cheltenham Trust was established in 2014 and is an independent organisation focused on developing Cheltenham’s culture and leisure offer through community engagement, sustainable investment and social enterprise.

The Trust’s venues attract almost one million visitors its historic and contemporary facilities including The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, Cheltenham Town Hall, Pittville Pump Room, Leisure at Cheltenham and the Prince of Wales Stadium.

Teams provide a range of outreach services across sport, play and arts development that offer learning opportunities for all.


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