Laura’s Place


Laura’s Place – 44AD artspace

Private View: 26 June

Exhibition Continues: 27 June – 6 July 2014

Laura’s Place is an exhibition of fresh new artworks, in a diverse range of media from painting to performance, in which artists have been asked to respond to an 18th century portrait in the Holburne Museum Collection. The painting is of Henrietta Laura Pulteney, 1777, by Swiss painter Angelica Kauffmann.

The subject, known as Laura, who is depicted as a girl of eleven, was at the time the richest young heiress in Europe. In adulthood, as the 1st Countess of Bath, she was responsible for developing much of eastern Bath, giving her name to Henrietta Gardens, Pulteney Road, Great Pulteney Street and Laura Place.

The curators, Katie O’Brien, (44AD’s director), and Melissa Wraxall, (a 44AD studio artist), wanted to find a painting which would have a strong connection with the history of Bath, to inspire new twenty-first century artworks for their fundraising exhibition. All proceeds are in aid of 44AD’s move in August 2014 , to fantastic new premises in Bath’s City Centre. The Holburne Museum has so many wonderful artworks to choose from, but this beautiful little oil painting by Kauffmann really won them over. They are enormously grateful to the Senior Curator of the Holburne Museum, Amina Wright, who has been enormously helpful and supportive of their project.

The artworks sent in will be photographed and published in book form after the exhibition.

Laura’s Place

44AD artspace

Art Auction: 04 July  7:30pm

In addition to the artworks sent in to the callout, 44AD artists are each producing a section of the image – a pixel – in their own unique style.  In total, 20 artist’s “pixels” will be assembled together to create a large artwork measuring 1.85m x 2.23 m. This collaborative artwork titled “Laura’s Place” will be on display throughout the exhibition, and auctioned alongside other selected artworks.

This is a chance to own an extraordinary artwork that will surely become a piece of 44AD artspace history and contemporary Bath heritage. All proceeds from this auction will go towards 44AD’s move fundraiser. Sealed bids are welcome to precede the auction, which will be held on 4th July 2014 at 7:30pm.

Art Talk: 04 July  7:00pm

Special thanks to Leslie Glenn Damhus, who will be giving a short talk on the painting “Henrietta Laura Pulteney”  by Angelica Kauffmann. Before the auction, Leslie will give a brief history on the painting, focusing on the artist and subject.

Please contact Katie and Melissa at  or 07753 378 325 for further information

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