Celebration reception for prestigious national exhibition at Salisbury's Young Gallery

Celebration reception for prestigious national exhibition at Salisbury's Young Gallery

Salisbury's Young Gallery is currently hosting Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz, a British Museum and Ikon partnership exhibition, and many people attended a celebration reception event on Friday (12 January).

The event was officially opened by Richard Clewer, Conservative cabinet member for the arts, and Conservative MP John Glen representing Salisbury.

This is the Young Gallery's first major exhibition since its refurbishment, which brought it up to ‘museum standard' and enables the gallery to exhibit important art, such as that by Kollwitz; along with some of the best works by talented local artists, too.

The exhibition, which runs until 11 March, features works from Käthe Kollwitz (née Schmidt, 1867-1945). Kollwitz was one of the leading German artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, notable for her focus on the effects of poverty, hunger and war on the working classes along with the emotional power of her drawing, printmaking and later sculpture. It focuses on around 40 works from the British Museum's remarkable print collection, and highlights the importance of Kollwitz's work, celebrating the enduring impact of her powerful and affecting images.

Richard Clewer, Conservative cabinet member for arts, said: 

We're delighted to be hosting this prominent exhibition at the Young Gallery in Salisbury.
The works of Käthe Kollwitz are thought provoking, capturing the essence of the changes impacting our world in the early 20th century. The exhibition is a significant event for Wiltshire, as it marks the beginning of a new era for the upgraded Young Gallery.
The recent refurbishment to the gallery has transformed the space into an attractive venue that is capable of hosting a full range of visual art and exhibits from some of the world's most famous artists.
I would urge people to visit and view this striking exhibition before it ends on 11 March.

The exhibition is organised in partnership between the British Museum and Ikon, and is supported by the Dorset Foundation.

Wiltshire Council is the sole trustee of the Young Gallery. Find out more about the Young Gallery and its exhibitions, including opening times.

by Hollis Butler,