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The Magical World of William Simmonds: Puppets & Paintings

Type:Historical

The Museum of Gloucester, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1HP

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The Magical World of William Simmonds: Puppets & Paintings

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Now FREE entry! Step into the magical world created by local puppeteer, artist and woodcarver William Simmonds (1876-1968). Discover all the fun of the circus and the enchanted realm of the woodland with fauns and clowns, nymphs, ducklings and much more drawn from Simmonds’ imagination and the natural world around he saw around him at home in Far Oakridge. This exhibition brings you the full range of Simmonds’ work as an artist – all designed with a desire to delight both young and old.

This major exhibition brings you rarely seen treasures from Gloucester’s collections by Simmonds, his wife Eve and their many artist friends in Gloucestershire, as well as loans from private individuals and museums. It paints a picture of the vibrant artistic community in Gloucestershire in first half of the 20th century – the legacy of which can still be felt today. Also includes work by William Rothenstein, Charles March Gere, Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher and more.

Before he was a puppeteer and woodcarver, Simmonds was a painter. The exhibition features a never before seen painting by Simmonds, newly conserved for the exhibition. Nymphs was painted in 1907, and was probably shown at the Royal Academy, but was discovered rolled up in Simmonds’ workshop when it was acquired by the museum service in 1985. We are delighted to be able to show this work, one of the only oil paintings by Simmonds in a public collection.

Curated by Dr Jacqueline Sarsby.

Guide Prices

FREE

Directions

Road Directions

From the North: Get off the M5 at Junction 11, at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A40 (signposted Gloucester/Cirencester). At Elmbridge Court roundabout take the 4th exit (signposted Ross). At the next roundabout take the first exit onto the A38 and then at the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A430 (Kingsholm Road). At the traffic lights turn left onto Black Dog Way and follow the road (past the Train Station on your left and then Asda on your left). At the next set of traffic lights continue forward (Trier Way). At the next set of lights turn right into Park Road and then turn right at the end of the road into Brunswick Road. Continue forward at the set of traffic lights and then turn right into St. Michael's Square. There is a car park here; this is the closest car park to the City Museum. Walk out of St. Michael's Square and turn right into Brunswick Road. The City Museum is just on the left.

From the South: Get off the M5 at Junction 12, at the roundabout take the first exit onto the B4008. At the Cross Keys roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A38. At the next roundabout continue forward. At the traffic lights continue forward (stay in the left hand lane, signposted Ross) onto the A430, Secunda Way. Continue forward on this by pass until you come to a roundabout, stay in the right hand lane and take the 2nd exit (on to Hempstead Lane). At the traffic lights turn right onto St. Ann Way. Continue forward at the next 2 sets of lights and then continue forward at the cross road on to Trier Way. At the next cross road turn left in to Park Road and then turn right at the end of the road into Brunswick Road. Continue forward at the set of traffic lights and then turn right into St. Michael's Square. There is a car park here; this is the closest car park to the City Museum. Walk out of St. Michael's Square and turn right into Brunswick Road. The City Museum is just on the left.

Public Transport Directions

If you arrive by Train, come out of the Train Station and cross Bruton Way and walk in to the Bus Station. Walk through the Bus Station on to Station Road and continue forward in to Clarence Street. At the end of Clarence Street continue forward onto Brunswick Road (passing the Eastgate Viewing Chamber on your right). The entrance to the City Museum and Art Gallery is 100 metres walk on the right.

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Opening Times

The Magical World of William Simmonds (12 Oct 2019 - 18 Apr 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00
SundayClosed
Closed

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