The quote above is from Monty Python, the Michaelangelo sketch, I thought about it today when I visited the Usher Gallery (formerly the Usher ART Gallery). This was my first visit in a number of years and it seems to me that the ART has been taken out of the building as well as the name.
There are still a few Peter De Wint paintings and one of best collections of porcelain in the country, but “The Persistence of Collage” exhibition did nothing for me: I, too. could paste newspaper headlines on a canvas.
James Ward Usher (1845-1921) was a jeweller and art collector, when he died he bequeathed his collection to the City of Lincoln on condition that it was housed in a building hat bore his name. He also left £60,000 towards the cost of the building.
The building was designed by the architect, Sir Reginald Blomfield, who also designed the Public Library in Free School Lane and Westgate Water Tower, and was officially opened on 25 May 1927 by the then Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII.
To find out more about the Usher Gallery click here
There is plenty of art in Lincoln, here are a few of the best locations:
Sam Scorer Gallery is at 8 Drury Lane and, to quote them “The main objective of the Charity is to foster and promote the maintenance, improvement and development of artistic taste and the knowledge, understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts among the public generally.” They have regular exhibitions and are worth a visit Click here for more information
Harding House Gallery is on Steep Hill and is a co-operative made up of a diverse group of artists or makers of contemporary craft
To quote their website: “The Lower Gallery showcases original work by Harding House members, plus a wide selection of contemporary work by approximately 40 other artists or makers from around the country. Our permanent exhibits feature ceramics, glass, watercolours, textiles, jewellery, metal sculpture, calligraphy, prints, abstract and landscape painting, plus a fine array of original greetings cards.
“The spacious Upper Gallery hosts an ongoing vibrant Exhibition programme in all disciplines, both solo and group shows from near and far.” Click here for more information
The Last Supper 2012. Andrew White has painted a life size version of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper using life models betwreen 23 and 80, the effect is remarkable. The painting can be seen in the basement of 40 Silver Street, usually on the third Sunday of the month, click here for more information.
Not forgetting The Artists Market, once a month on Castle Hill, click here for dates