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Cheltenham museum's beautiful new acquisition

PUBLISHED: 18:20 13 October 2011 | UPDATED: 21:38 20 February 2013

Cheltenham museum's beautiful new acquisition

Cheltenham museum's beautiful new acquisition

Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum acquires glass sculpture by important local artist Colin Reid

Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum acquires glass sculptureby important local artist Colin Reid



Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum has acquired a glass sculpture by the Gloucestershire glass artist Colin Reid. Reid is based in Stroud, and is regarded as a leading exponent and pioneer in the field of kiln-cast glass. Reid is well represented in public collections, but this piece is the first to be acquired by a museum in Gloucestershire. Colin recently won the prestigious Glass Sellers Award 2006 for his piece Cello (displayed at Cheltenham Art Gallery in the exhibition On the Edge in 2009). He is one of the foremost glass artists in Gloucestershire, and his reputation acts a magnet to young artists working in the field.

The sculpture, Vertical Sculpture cast from Books, acquired with grant-aid from the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, is part of a series of kiln-cast glass sculptures based on books. Reid casts familiar objects and transforms them into entirely new forms in glass; previous series have included sculptures cast from fruit and from medieval buildings, including Gloucester Cathedral. Reid uses optical crystal, which allows him to play with the refractive properties of the glass, creating illusions that come and go depending on the viewers position.

The sculpture will go on display when Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum re-opens to the public.

Kirsty Hartsiotis, Curator of Decorative Arts and Designated Collections, says, "We are delighted to have been able fulfil our long-held ambition to acquire one of Colins beautiful and dynamic pieces. We are very grateful to the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund for their financial support."

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