The Russell Coates museum was originally designed as a gift from the owner of a local hotelier to his wife, the house and extensive art collection was donated to the town of Bournemouth in 1907 and was formerly opened by Princess Beatrice in 1919. The house and annex display not only a huge amount of beautiful art but also items collected from around the world ( such as the japanese masks), it also features bi-annual exhibitions which is what drew me to visit today.
The current exhibition is of angels, faeries and feme fatales and as a firme believer in faeries I just couldn't miss it...
''This exhibition explores the Victorian obsession with the supernatural and the spirit world. Featuring the work of renowned artists, Paul Kidby, illustrator of the internationally bestselling ‘Discworld’ novels, and 2012 Turner Prize nominee Spartacus Chetwynd. Many of Paul’s artworks are for sale.''.
After a long wonder around the museum and gardens it was down to the cafe whereI grabbed a delicious soya cappicino in the cafe. I then headed back outside for a stroll along the beach in the winter sun, perfect.
The Russell coates museum admission is currently free, although a £5 donation is suggested.
It's open 10am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday.
have you been before?
are you an art lover?