Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes were great supporters of artists and creativity, so it seems fitting to be able to celebrate the work of our visitors who are inspired by their visit to the museum.
Here we share some of those creative responses – we hope you enjoy them, and if you would like to share any of your own artistic creations inspired by the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum then we would be delighted to hear from you.
Some fantastic sketches of artworks and spaces at the Russell-Cotes:
A delightful reconstruction in miniature of our painting Fingerprints by Charles Spencelayh:
And alongside the original…
Jenny describes the thoughts behind her wonderful creation:
The marvelous Russell-Cotes, which I have loved for many years, is a house designed to exhibit a collection; a truly amazing time bubble.
Whilst preparing work for Dorset Art Weeks 2018, I was drawn to examine closely boxes and containers of which there are several in the museum.
Ultimately, the collections are contained in BOXES which are then contained within cabinets, display cases and armoires (posh French cupboards). All of these are bigger varieties of BOX.
These are housed in rooms which are, in essence, also BOXES. Finally the rooms are boxes within a giant, ornate BOX we call the Russell-Cotes museum!
What motivates human beings to collect “stuff” and put it in boxes?
Ruaidhri works here at the museum. He would like to learn how to draw, and saw the statues as an opportunity to give it a try: