Visitors to the Russell-Cotes in the spring of 2017 were given the perfect opportunity to celebrate the glorious 20s, 30s and 40s at a special Vintage Weekend. The event was part of the gallery’s Meeting Modernism exhibition, which presented paintings collected by the gallery’s first curators to complement the Victorian artwork donated by original owners Annie and Merton Russell-Cotes.
Over the course of the Vintage Weekend, the Russell-Cotes delivered a packed schedule of talks, music, film and dance demonstrations set in this grand and beautiful beach-top villa.
On the Saturday, visitors explored the work of modernist artist Richard Eurich in a talk by his two daughters, enjoyed live music from the Landgirls and Scarlet Swing and a dance demonstration with Ruby Adams.
Sunday’s event saw artist Abi Kremer give a guided tour of the museum’s Meeting Modernism exhibition itself. Joy Shellard, the daughter of 1940s curator Norman Silvester offered an unique insight into life growing up at the Russell-Cotes during the war and Arts University Bournemouth’s lecturer Sarah Magill gave a talk about fashion and style in this magical era. Artist Jenny Surridge was also signing prints of Old Harry Rocks from 2-5pm.
Keep an eye on Russell-Cotes’ website or on our own Events pages for details of upcoming exhibitions and events at this beautiful venue, celebrating the cultural history of our town through its art and its people.