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Solo exhibition at Salisbury Arts Centre features artist whose work has been acquired by British Museum

Three Acts and Seven Scenes
23 January 2020

Cornwall-based artist Nicola Bealing is featured in a solo exhibition at Salisbury Arts Centre from 27 January, just a few months after eight of her works were acquired by the British Museum for its permanent collection.

Wiltshire Creative commissioned Nicola to respond to Federico Lorca’s play Blood Wedding. The resulting exhibition, Three Acts and Seven Scenes, runs from 27 January until 28 March at Salisbury Arts Centre.

For months, Nicola immersed herself in Lorca’s work and life in order to conjure his cultural influences and get to grips with his motifs and choices. The research renders into her paintings, resulting in an unfiltered, direct response to the play.

Wiltshire Creative resident artist (ceramics and visual art) Mirka Golden-Hann said: “Nicola is a serious voice in contemporary British art, a visual storyteller whose fascinating pictorial analysis brings unusual insight into the play.”

Nicola said: “I was fascinated by the Bride’s rejection of her passive role. She gambles and loses everything, but gains power through the desperation of her attempt.”

Salisbury Playhouse, also part of Wiltshire Creative, is staging a new adaptation of Blood Wedding by Barney Norris set in present-day Wiltshire from 6-22 February.

Eight of Nicola’s works from a previous exhibition were acquired by the British Museum in the summer of 2018 for its permanent collection of prints and drawings.

Three Acts and Seven Scenes can be viewed Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm at Salisbury Arts Centre. Nicola Bealing is represented by Matts Gallery, London.


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Notes to Editors:

Wiltshire Creative brings together Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Playhouse.

Wiltshire Creative has commissioned A Wiltshire Tale from musician Nick Harper and produced the regional premiere of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s suffragette drama Her Naked Skin and new musical Moonfleet. Other productions include Rachel Wagstaff’s new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d, co-produced with Wales Millennium Centre, and Hugh Whitemore’s Breaking the Code.

In 2019 Wiltshire Creative commissioned and produced its first site-specific audio experience, Imber: You Walk Through, about the forgotten village on Salisbury Plain.