Celebrating 150 years through art

By Joshua Solomon

Members of the Leicester Sketch Club are preparing for their first exhibition of the new year which celebrates 150 years of the existence of De Montfort University (DMU).

The university’s Art programmes run the club, which involves a selection of students and staff who are preparing the art exhibition.

It is due to take place at the turn of the year on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Trinity House Gallery.

Art Collections officer Kate Wilkes, who is one of the heads of the exhibition, described the upcoming event as ‘truly remarkable’ and spoke about how grateful she feels to be able to celebrate the history of the university through art.

Kate said: “The opportunity for artists within the club to put on a show to display their talents whilst also celebrating such a landmark is a dream for most of them and an opportunity that will not go to waste, as for a lot of them, this may be the only exhibition that they may partake in.”

There will not only be art works on display but a series of public events including talks, displays, workshops and concerts to mark the anniversary.

This will be the first event that the Leicester Sketch club will hold in the new year.

A follow up event on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 will be held by Emma Fitzpatrick of the Leicester Sketch Club who will discuss the “Art in Design: Works by Leicester Sketch Club” exhibition and describe the history of the club, which had strong connections to the Leicester School of Art, which later became De Montfort University.

You can book your place now for a chance to learn about the art of the University.

For more information on this event please contact Kate Wilkes, Art Collections Officer, at kwilkes@dmu.ac.uk

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