Art UK Newsletter #20
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The first works from the Lees Collection of watercolours are now on Art UK, with more to follow in the coming days.

The pictures were originally acquired by prosperous Oldham industrialist, Charles Lees and donated to Gallery Oldham. The collection features 80 paintings by a roll-call of celebrated watercolourists, including J. M. W. Turner, John Cozen and John Constable

Watercolours, like all artworks, are light-sensitive and will fade if put on permanent display. For the past few years Gallery Oldham has shown a small changing selection of these pictures. It's rare to see the full set all together.

As well as being made available on Art UK, the new exhibition ‘Watercolours from the Lees Collection’, on show at Gallery Oldham from 19th November 2016–15th April 2017, offers an opportunity to see the whole collection in person.
Above left First of the Months Sculpture – St Mark's, Venice, (detail), 1849, pencil & watercolour on card by John Ruskin (1819–1900), photo credit: Gallery Oldham
Above right Rouen Cathedral, (detail), 1824, pencil & watercolour on paper by William Frome Smallwood (1806–1834), photo credit: Gallery Oldham

The Discovery of the Gunpowder Plot and the Taking of Guy Fawkes, c.1823, oil on canvas by Henry Perronet Briggs (1791/1793–1844), photo credit: Laing Art Gallery
‘The rhythms of thought pass through the fingers and grip of this hand into the stone’: Kate Devine on Barbara Hepworth

From Occupy to ‘penny for the guy’: How Guido Fawkes and his co-conspirators have been depicted since 1605

Imaginative perspective and an eye for storytelling bring to life A Miracle of Saint Zenobius, by the enigmatic Domenico Veneziano

There are Turner watercolours at Gallery Oldham – is this oil on canvas at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery by him too?

Artist Louise Giovanelli has been making work in response to the Touchstones Rochdale collection for a new exhibition, ‘Slow to Respond’. We learn more about her process
Yellow Disk and White on Black, 2003, acrylic on paper by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912–2004). © by courtesy of the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust. Photo credit: The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust
In the last newsletter, we asked you which patron Caravaggio painted The Supper at Emmaus for?

The correct answer was A. Ciriaco Mattei (excellent taste, Ciriaco)

Congratulations to Fern, who answered correctly and will receive two tickets to Beyond Caravaggio and the catalogue for the exhibition, courtesy of The National Gallery, London.
November has been a bit of a David Bowie bonanza. A lifetime of prolific art collecting resulted in a much-anticipated auction at Sotheby's.

To celebrate a life of making and loving art, we're giving away a copy of A Portrait of Bowie, A tribute to Bowie by his artistic collaborators and contemporaries, courtesy of Octopus Publishing Group. The book features Stephen Finer's 1994 portrait of Bowie with a text by the artist, along with text tributes and about 40 visual portraits of David Bowie by people throughout his career. 

To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question:

In what film did David Bowie play the role of Andy Warhol?

A. Factory Girl (2006)
B. Basquiat (1996)
C. I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
Send your answers to with the subject line 'Newsletter #20 Competition'. The competition will close at 5pm on Monday 28th November. One winner will be picked from the correct answers at random.

The prize is non-refundable and non-exchangeable and there is no cash alternative. Good luck!
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