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Salisbury Arts Centre exhibits 70+ self-portraits

Self-portraits exhibition SAC
10 May 2018

Salisbury Arts Centre’s new exhibition is a series of self-portraits by Frome-based artist Sarah Godsill, charting her life as an artist.

Inspired by British painter Stanley Spencer, Sarah painted her first self-portrait at the age  of 16. She has gone on to create more than 70 separate self-portraits over her life as an artist. Subtitled A History of Twentieth Century Short-Sightedness, the self-portraits reflect Godsill’s changing eyesight as she has grown older.

Outside of self-portraiture, Godsill’s practice covers painting, illustration and drawing. She is also a published illustrator.

The exhibition includes a drawing station for people to create their own self-portraits after viewing the paintings.

As part of the exhibition, Wiltshire Creative staff were asked to create their own self-portraits. Sixteen Wiltshire Creative staff self-portraits are also on display on a screen.

Wiltshire Creative Resident Artist (Ceramics and Visual Arts) Mirka Golden-Hann said: “This exhibition is an inspiration to young artists, demonstrating that you can carve out a life in painting.”

Self-Portraits: A History of Twentieth Century Short-Sightedness runs until Friday 25 May. Admission is free.


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Notes to Editors:

Salisbury Arts Centre is part of Wiltshire Creative, a new pan-arts organisation incorporating Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury Playhouse and Salisbury International Arts Festival.

Salisbury Arts Centre was formerly St Edmund’s Church, named after St Edmund who taught “the arts” at Oxford in the early 13th Century. Salisbury Arts Centre was founded in 1975 and, from small beginnings, developed into a fully-fledged community arts centre.