Travels with my Sketchbook – Beyond Bushey
Sunny Morning Pin Mill by Hugh Boycott Brown
Sunny Morning Pin Mill by Hugh Boycott Brown

Council Chamber
Dates not yet announced

The students of the Herkomer School of Art came from far and wide.  Their tuition time at the School completed, some of them remained in Bushey, some returned to their original homes, but a good many proceeded to take up their palettes and travel, either throughout the British Isles or abroad.

As a result of exhibiting their work, a number of Herkomer students would have received commissions for portraits, illustration work and design and practising artists needed to go where the work demanded.

With the aid of new inventions of paint tubes and portable box easels and the general improvement of transportation, Bushey Artists, as many other artists, were drawn to venues offering stunning landscapes or seascapes, especially where the quality of light allowed them to absorb new ‘impressionist’ ways of experiencing light, experimenting with brushstrokes, colour, form and level of finish.

Since the middle of the 19th century, artists have been drawn to the Cornish coast, capturing on paper and canvas the shimmering sunlight on water and rawness of rocks and waves. Devon, Somerset and Dorset offer beautiful unspoiled countryside with rolling hills, stunning views and wild coastlines.

East Anglia has long been a magnet for artists with its natural coastal beauty, full of charming villages and medieval towns, topped with breath-taking skies.  Scotland, Wales and other areas of natural beauty all hold an invitation and inspiration to use a paintbrush.

This exhibition includes not only Herkomer School artists, but also those who came after, continuing the dissemination of Bushey’s artistic heritage.

Pat Woollard

The Young Generation - Art by and about children
The Meeting on the Beach
The Meeting on the Beach by Garnet Ruskin Wolseley

Anne Blessley Gallery
From [date to be announced] until 30 May 2021

A good number of artworks in Bushey Museum’s collection involve children: Portraits of children, for instance, Beryl Fowler’s portrait of Edward Negus; pictures that feature children, as in Hinchliffe’s A Fruit Stall; art specifically directed at children – Alice B. Woodward’s work is a good example of this; and last but not least art work by children – see Lucy Kemp-Welch’s Bird Book and Book of Birds and Beasts and Bushey Swimming Pool (after Miguel MacKinlay's Summer) by pupils at St Margaret's School.
The exhibition encompasses all this, as well as children’s costume and toys.

On the move: Getting about in Bushey

Jubilee Room and Jubilee Case
Dates not yet announced

This exhibition of photographs and artwork features various ways in which we transported ourselves and our goods through the ages.