Royal opening for Alan’s show

Alan Cotton in his studio in the 1980's with his favourite painting knife that he still uses.

Alan Cotton in his studio in the 1980's with his favourite painting knife that he still uses. - Credit: Archant

An internationally renowned artist from Colaton Raleigh – whose patrons include HRH the Prince of Wales – is having a royal opening for a major retrospective of his work at the end of June.

Alan Cotton’s exhibition Contours In Colour will be opened by HRH the Earl of Wessex, on Tuesday, June 30, at The Edge, the new centre for the arts at Bath University.

It will be open to the public from July 1 until September 12, then transfers to Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum from September 17 to November 1.

Contours In Colour will feature 68 paintings from Alan’s student days up to the present. From landscapes of the Otter Valley to Venice, Tibet and beyond, it include works from the collections of the Prince of Wales and art galleries in Exeter and Plymouth.

“Not only will the public see the entire span of my work for more than five decades but, for me, it will be the first time I have seen many of the paintings since they were first exhibited,” said Alan.

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“I’m excited at the thought of seeing my work, done over many years, all together in one exhibition.”

Alan – a senior lecturer at Exmouth’s Rolle College during the 1980s – has been involved with the planning and development of The Edge for the past six years.

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John Struthers, the director of the Institute for Contemporary and Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA) who has been overseeing the project, said: “Alan has been a huge support to the University of Bath in moving our ambitious arts project forward. He is an honorary professor of the university. It is fitting that our first annual summer exhibition should be the first retrospective of his work.”

Contours In Colour is at The Edge, Bath University, July 1 to September 12, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. Free admission.

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