I haven’t visited the Usher gallery since the first time I stayed in Lincoln over summer. So yesterday I thought I would walk up to the gallery and have a look at the latest exhibition.
The Usher gallery was established in 1927 by James Ward Usher and is part of The Collection which includes the gallery and archaeology museum (next door to the gallery), and can be found on Danes Terrace, Lincoln, LN2 1LP. There is parking next to the gallery and museum, but it is pay and display. However, both the gallery and museum are free to visit and are open daily from 10am-4pm.
The current exhibition is based around themes of war and power, which naturally is both an emotive and thought provoking display. It contains a mixture of permanently stored collection and new loaned pieces chosen by Professor Raimi Gbadamosi (Artist, writer and curator). It is clear throughout the collection that the themes of culture, identity and politics that influence his work are addressed by the work he has chosen for this display. While the whole collection has clear continuity, each individual piece addresses themes associated with war and power in their own way. This includes pieces that address: the politics involved in war, power and conflict; remembrance and significance of racial discrimination in world conflict and celebration of culture.
Along with this main collection, the Lincolnshire artist’s society (LAS) are also displaying a summer exhibition upstairs in the gallery. This collection contains work from members of the society, and therefore demonstrates a variety of media from water colour, oil and print to textiles, recycled glass and metal work. This gives the exhibition a brilliant variety and makes for very interesting viewing. It is also possible to purchase these original pieces from the artists and support their work by voting for your ‘Most dynamic piece of work’.
I imagine this collection won’t be to everyone’s taste, however I definitely think it is worth a visit even if it is just to view James Usher’s original collection (Which is always on display throughout the changing exhibitions) and the LAS summer exhibition, in support local artists.
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