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NEWLYWEDS WIN ISLE OF WIGHT HOLIDAY

A couple from Northamptonshire have just spent their honeymoon on the Island after winning a holiday, organised by Visit Isle of Wight in conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Helen Spencer from Wollaston was awarded the prize package after being chosen at random from the thousands who had entered the competition timed to celebrate the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition at the V&A, which ran from November 28 to February 21 2016.

Helen and David booked their stay at the West Bay Country Club in Yarmouth for the 12th to 15th June after getting married in Northampton on the 11th – and the newlyweds used the prize as their honeymoon.

Last year, Visit Isle of Wight worked with the V&A to promote the bicentenary year of Julia Margaret Cameron, and as a result Dimbola Museum & Galleries – and the wider Island – enjoyed some outstanding press coverage in the Telegraph, the Independent and the Mail on Sunday.

The competition which was hosted on the V&A website under the theme “Follow in the footsteps of Julia Margaret Cameron” was seen by Visit Isle of Wight as an opportunity to further promote the Island.  The V&A website gets around 14 million page views annually. http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/julia-margaret-cameron/

The Beddalls (Helen’s new married name) won a 3-night break for two at The West Bay Country Club in Yarmouth, dinner at The George Hotel in Yarmouth, tea and cake at The Piano Bar in Freshwater Bay, ferry crossings courtesy of Red Funnel IOW Ferries and entrance tickets to Osborne, Shanklin Chine and Dimbola, the home and workplace of the celebrated Victorian photographer.  A copy of the exhibition book Julia Margaret Cameron was also part of the prize package.

Helen Beddall said: “The holiday was fantastic.  We loved it!  The accommodation was lovely, the meal at The George Hotel was delicious – and a real treat.  Dimbola was really interesting and John Evans, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable.

“We are very thankful to Visit Isle of Wight for organising everything and the Victoria and Albert Museum for putting on the competition. It really made our honeymoon wonderful and we can’t wait to come back – maybe to celebrate our first anniversary”.

ENDS

For further information please contact Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd 01983 521555 (ext 29), sue@visitwight.org.

Notes to editors:

2 x “Selfies” of Helen and David at Dimbola Museum & Galleries and Osborne attached.

Follow in the footsteps of Julia Margaret Cameron 

Holiday prizes supplied by:

  • The West Bay Country Club (3 nights’ accommodation, plus use of their Island Wellness Spa, including a 60-minute spa treatment per person)
  • Red Funnel IOW Ferries (car ferry crossings
  • The Piano Bar, Freshwater Bay (lunch for 2)
  • Dimbola Museum & Galleries (entrance tickets)
  • English Heritage/Osborne (entrance tickets)
  • Shanklin Chine (entrance tickets)
  • The George Hotel in Yarmouth (dinner for 2)
  • The V&A (Julia Margaret Cameron book)

Visit Isle of Wight

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: www.visitwight.org

Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A exhibition ‘Julia Margaret Cameron’ has toured internationally, including Ghent Museum of Fine Arts and the Sydney Art Gallery of New South Wales.   After returning to the V&A Museum in London from November 2015, to February 2016, it then went on show at the Madrid Fundacion Mapfre from March 8th to May 8th. The exhibition will open at the Tokyo Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum from June 29th to July 2nd, running until September 25th 2016.

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 5000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.

 

The Isle of Wight, V&A Museum and Science Museum mark major bicentenary

What’s “the best kept secret on the Isle of Wight”?

It would be interesting to see just how many hidden gems there are left to be unearthed on an Island that has been a hub of UK tourism ever since Queen Victoria first planted her summer home, Osborne House, there in 1845.  But here’s one to consider…

 Julia Margaret Cameron: one of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography; a member of a Freshwater Circle of glittering literati which gives the world famous Bloomsbury Group a run for their money; last year the subject of an exhibition in Gallery 852 of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; and soon-to-be-featured in special exhibitions at the V&A in London and on the Isle of Wight – to mark the 200th anniversary of her birth, in 2015.

—o0o—

Dimbola Lodge, at Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight, was the home and workplace of this celebrated Victorian photographer.  It’s now a Museum and Gallery dedicated to her life and work, as well as a showcase for contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe.

This – according to the home page of the website – is the best kept secret on the Isle of Wight.

New research also shows that the pioneering Victorian Isle of Wight photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron (born June 11th, 1815), was even the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s White Queen in Through the Looking-glass.  And a recent book, The Freshwater Circle Through The Looking-glass, by Gail Downey Middleton illustrates the connections between the bohemian Freshwater circle on the Isle of Wight, and Lewis Carroll’s famous stories.

Curiouser and curiouser, however, last year’s exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York was the first devoted to Cameron’s work in nearly a generation, and the first ever at The Met.

The Museum’s website tells the story well: “When she received her first camera in December 1863 as a gift from her daughter and son-in-law, Cameron was forty-eight, a mother of six, and a deeply religious, well-read, somewhat eccentric friend of many notable Victorian artists, poets, and thinkers.  ‘From the first moment I handled my lens with a tender ardour,’ she wrote, ‘and it has become to me as a living thing, with voice and memory and creative vigour.’  Condemned by some contemporaries for sloppy craftsmanship, she purposely avoided the perfect resolution and minute detail that glass negatives permitted, opting instead for carefully directed light, soft focus, and long exposures that allowed the sitters’ slight movement to register in her pictures, instilling them with an uncommon sense of breath and life.”

Dimbola was Cameron’s home, salon and studio for 15 years between 1860 and 1875 and was where, at the age of 48, she learned the new technology of photography and produced some of the masterpieces of 19th Century photography.  These included portraits of many of the leading figures of the Victorian age who lived in or visited Freshwater Bay, such as Alfred Lord Tennyson and Charles Darwin.

A V&A exhibition is touring internationally before and after its presentation at the V&A in London.  On show atGhentMuseum of Fine Artsuntil June 14th, it will head to the SydneyArt Gallery of New South Wales from August 14th to October 25th.  After returning to the V&A Museum in London from November 2015, to February 2016, it will then go on show at the MadridFundacion Mapfre from March 8th to May 8th, and the TokyoMitsubishi Ichigokan Museumfrom June 29th to September 25th 2016.

The nearby Science Museum in London is also set to stage its own exhibition to commemorate the bicentenary from November 2015, until Spring 2016.

On the Isle of Wight, as well as being able to follow in the footsteps of Cameron, Dimbola Museum & Galleries is planning on a full year of special exhibitions and events to give visitors a full insight into her life and work.

Exhibitions during the bicentenary year will include four, seasonal displays which – drawing on the collections of the National Media Museum in Bradford – will present images taken by Cameron at Dimbola but never before exhibited at the Museum.  The exhibitions, held in a suit of newly refurbished galleries, will explore her career from her early photographic experiments, through her famous images of the bohemian ‘Freshwater Circle’ to her late imaginative illustrations and will particularly focus on her life at Dimbola and how this shaped her work.

Alongside these new presentations work will be a series of quarterly contemporary photography exhibitions which respond to and resonate with her artistic legacy. Those remining include:

*Annie Leibovitz – Pilgrimage (25/04/15-12/07/15)

One of America’s best-known living photographers, Leibovitz images speak in a commonplace language to the photographer’s curiosity about the world she inherited, spanning landscapes both dramatic and quiet, interiors of living rooms and bedrooms, and objects that are talismans of past lives. This exhibition has been specially selected for the exhibition at Dimbola.

*Portrait of an Island: Steve Blamire and Julian Winslow (18/07/15-04/10/15)

A contemporary collection of photographic portraits that captures the Isle of Wight community at a certain point in time, which will ultimately sit as an historic documentation of the people, ideas and work of that community.

*Sunara Begum, Retracing the Eye: Journeys of Migration (10/10/15-03/01/16)

“Art for me is the thread with which we sew together our collective memories. In all my work I try to tell the story of our forever evolving identities. How we came from the root and branched out is always different….Our connection is how we go back.”  Sunara Begum is a visual artist and filmmaker whose work is perfectly placed between East and West. She uses installation, film, photography and text, and has already created her own distinct visual language and aesthetic which is imprinted in all her work.

There will also be bimonthly exhibitions of the work of local schools and community groups who will be exploring and being inspired by Julia’s work.

Further details will be found at www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

What’s “the best kept secret on the Isle of Wight”?

 

It would be interesting to see just how many hidden gems there are left to be unearthed on an Island that has been a hub of UK tourism ever since Queen Victoria first planted her summer home, Osborne House, there in 1845.  But here’s one to consider…

 

Julia Margaret Cameron: one of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography; a member of a Freshwater Circle of glittering literati which gives the world famous Bloomsbury Group a run for their money; last year the subject of an exhibition in Gallery 852 of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; and soon-to-be-featured in special exhibitions at the V&A in London and on the Isle of Wight – to mark the 200th anniversary of her birth, in 2015.

—o0o—

 

Dimbola Lodge, at Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight, was the home and workplace of this celebrated Victorian photographer.  It’s now a Museum and Gallery dedicated to her life and work, as well as a showcase for contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe.

 

This – according to the home page of the website – is the best kept secret on the Isle of Wight.

 

New research also shows that the pioneering Victorian Isle of Wight photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron (born June 11th, 1815), was even the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s White Queen in Through the Looking-glass.  And a recent book, The Freshwater Circle Through The Looking-glass, by Gail Downey Middleton illustrates the connections between the bohemian Freshwater circle on the Isle of Wight, and Lewis Carroll’s famous stories.

 

Curiouser and curiouser, however, last year’s exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York was the first devoted to Cameron’s work in nearly a generation, and the first ever at The Met.

 

The Museum’s website tells the story well: “When she received her first camera in December 1863 as a gift from her daughter and son-in-law, Cameron was forty-eight, a mother of six, and a deeply religious, well-read, somewhat eccentric friend of many notable Victorian artists, poets, and thinkers.  ‘From the first moment I handled my lens with a tender ardour,’ she wrote, ‘and it has become to me as a living thing, with voice and memory and creative vigour.’  Condemned by some contemporaries for sloppy craftsmanship, she purposely avoided the perfect resolution and minute detail that glass negatives permitted, opting instead for carefully directed light, soft focus, and long exposures that allowed the sitters’ slight movement to register in her pictures, instilling them with an uncommon sense of breath and life.”

 

Dimbola was Cameron’s home, salon and studio for 15 years between 1860 and 1875 and was where, at the age of 48, she learned the new technology of photography and produced some of the masterpieces of 19th Century photography.  These included portraits of many of the leading figures of the Victorian age who lived in or visited Freshwater Bay, such as Alfred Lord Tennyson and Charles Darwin.

 

A V&A exhibition is touring internationally before and after its presentation at the V&A in London.  On show atGhentMuseum of Fine Artsuntil June 14th, it will head to the SydneyArt Gallery of New South Wales from August 14th to October 25th.  After returning to the V&A Museum in London from November 2015, to February 2016, it will then go on show at the MadridFundacion Mapfre from March 8th to May 8th, and the TokyoMitsubishi Ichigokan Museumfrom June 29th to September 25th 2016.

 

The nearby Science Museum in London is also set to stage its own exhibition to commemorate the bicentenary from November 2015, until Spring 2016.

 

On the Isle of Wight, as well as being able to follow in the footsteps of Cameron, Dimbola Museum & Galleries is planning on a full year of special exhibitions and events to give visitors a full insight into her life and work.

 

Exhibitions during the bicentenary year will include four, seasonal displays which – drawing on the collections of the National Media Museum in Bradford – will present images taken by Cameron at Dimbola but never before exhibited at the Museum.  The exhibitions, held in a suit of newly refurbished galleries, will explore her career from her early photographic experiments, through her famous images of the bohemian ‘Freshwater Circle’ to her late imaginative illustrations and will particularly focus on her life at Dimbola and how this shaped her work.

 

Alongside these new presentations work will be a series of quarterly contemporary photography exhibitions which respond to and resonate with her artistic legacy. Those remining include:

*Annie Leibovitz – Pilgrimage (25/04/15-12/07/15)

One of America’s best-known living photographers, Leibovitz images speak in a commonplace language to the photographer’s curiosity about the world she inherited, spanning landscapes both dramatic and quiet, interiors of living rooms and bedrooms, and objects that are talismans of past lives. This exhibition has been specially selected for the exhibition at Dimbola.

*Portrait of an Island: Steve Blamire and Julian Winslow (18/07/15-04/10/15)

A contemporary collection of photographic portraits that captures the Isle of Wight community at a certain point in time, which will ultimately sit as an historic documentation of the people, ideas and work of that community.

*Sunara Begum, Retracing the Eye: Journeys of Migration (10/10/15-03/01/16)

“Art for me is the thread with which we sew together our collective memories. In all my work I try to tell the story of our forever evolving identities. How we came from the root and branched out is always different….Our connection is how we go back.”  Sunara Begum is a visual artist and filmmaker whose work is perfectly placed between East and West. She uses installation, film, photography and text, and has already created her own distinct visual language and aesthetic which is imprinted in all her work.

 

There will also be bimonthly exhibitions of the work of local schools and community groups who will be exploring and being inspired by Julia’s work.

  1. Dimbola Museum and Galleries (exterior), © Jake Priddle