A-Z A Hand Book - 28 January 2009
New exhibition of meaningful mosaics by Cleo Mussi opens at Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum on 10th February
A-Z A Hand Book
10 February - 9 August 2009
A new exhibition, A-Z A Hand Book, opens at Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth, on Tuesday 10th February, with free entry. A-Z A Hand Book is an exhibition of meaningful mosaic images by acclaimed artist Cleo Mussi.
Accessible to all ages, Cleo Mussi’s mosaic work is a beautiful patchwork of different ceramic styles, forms and colours. An alphabet of images, pieces are presented in a traditional A-Z format and each one is complemented by an inspiring text by writer and psychologist, Paul Patterson. Each piece features mosaic hands worked in to the image. The exhibition is accompanied by a beautiful printed ‘hand book’.
A quiet moment of contemplation with any of these works and they begin to share some of their subtle secrets – themes of loss, love, divinity, fear and retribution – the world of fairy tale. This is why Cleo is probably the leading exponent of mosaic art and why everyone should spend some quiet time alone with her work. The exhibition pieces will be available for purchase. Prices for original pieces start at £105.00. The hand book costs £12.00.
A-Z A Hand Book opens on Tuesday 10th February 2009 and is open daily 10am - 5pm Tuesday - Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays (closed Good Friday & Christmas Day) until 9th August, at Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Russell-Cotes Road, East Cliff, Bournemouth, BH1 3AA. Entrance on East Cliff Promenade. T: +44 (0)1202 451 858. www.russell-cotes.bournemouth.gov.uk
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Cleo Mussi is an established mosaic artist and respected within the Applied Arts both nationally and internationally. Originally training in textiles at Goldsmiths, her interest in recycled fabrics, knowledge of pattern, print, weave and stitch translates easily into mosaic.
Cleo Mussi grew up in South West London, but recently moved to Gloucestershire. From her garden studio space Cleo has created many major commissions including ‘Urbs in Rure' spanning 175 m2 for the John Lewis department store in Solihull and ‘Unswept Floor 2005’ for the BBC in Leicester. She creates many exhibition pieces and her first major solo touring exhibition ‘The Crowd’ was conceived in 2001 and toured nationally between 2002 and 2005 and contained 53 life-size elements.
2. Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth is a dramatic experience for many visitors. The exuberance and variety of styles found within the building creates a unique atmosphere that is a mixture of both private house and public museum. Created by two dedicated collectors, the Russell-Cotes is a museum of national importance.
3. Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays (closed Good Friday & Christmas Day), from 10.00am – 5.00pm and is at Russell Cotes Road, East Cliff, Bournemouth, BH1 3AA, UK, two minutes from Bournemouth Pier. T. +44 (0)1202 451 858. The entrance is off East Cliff Promenade.
4. Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is a Registered Charity (no. 306288).
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