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A Private Collection

Works from the home of Ernest and Kate Bottomley

15.5. – 20.6.2004

This exhibition offered a unique insight into Ernest and Kate Bottomley's eclectic and intriguing personal collection of a huge variety of paintings, prints, sketches and etchings from their home. It suggested how a 'living' collection can be part of our homes and daily lives; an interesting parallel to the 'static' collections that we usually visit in museums or galleries.


The couple have been collecting works since they married in 1957. The collection comprised gifts, exchanges with other artists, works by family members, and works bought, including at car-boots sales. Because of this method of collection, often pieces carry more sentimental than monetary value.


The collection was shown together with anecdotes and stories about some of the works on display. Works included paintings by Brian Organ and Bill Billings, and prints by Rembrandt and Samuel Palmer.


Ernest and Kate Bottomley have lived in Milton Keynes since 1972, and both come from arts backgrounds. Ernest is a professional sculptor, who has exhibited since 1970 and has taught at Loughborough College of Art and Design, Manchester Polytechnic and Harrow School of Art.

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