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A Flight to Freedom

by Jane Oldfield

This exhibition finishes on 29/07/2021

‘A Flight to Freedom’ – Jane Oldfield

‘A Flight to Freedom’ – Book now for this FREE exhibition of Jane’s work. “I hope my exhibition on the theme of flying will make you smile. I dream of people evolving into creatures who can soar in the sky.  People have always wanted to fly like birds. It could be their only means of escape to a better life in a better place.”

She is shocked to find that the battle against slavery in all its forms is still going on in our country now, as well as in many other parts of the world. She has decided to donate all profits from this exhibition to Anti-slavery International. This charity was recommended to her by the Museum.

Anti-slavery International works to end slavery throughout the world. They have projects in the UK and Europe, Africa and Asia, but their campaigning work covers the whole world. Together with local organisations they work to secure the freedom of those affected by slavery and press for effective implementation of laws against slavery.

If you would like to make a donation to their work, you are able to do so via their website

Exhibition starts on 03/07/2021

It is FREE to visit and you are able to book your timed entrance  BOOK HERE

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Jane Oldfield was living on a narrow boat on the Grand Union Canal when she first visited Orchard House. Going round the Museum made her appreciate Cowper and Newton’s early work against the slavery on which much of our country’s wealth and their comfortable life style was based.

Jane says,

“I hope my exhibition on the theme of flying will make you smile. I dream of people evolving into creatures who can soar in the sky. This has helped me make cut outs of people flying and use them for balanced, hanging mobiles.

I enjoy painting flying birds and other flying creatures like butterflies and ladybirds. Trying to paint them helps me to understand them better. But many of my paintings aim to express flying in a more abstract way. I also use photography, often collaging photographs I have taken from planes.

Please enjoy the variety in my exhibition.”

Jane was born and brought up in Harewood near Leeds, Yorkshire. She studied at Hornsey College of Art and in Manchester in the late 1960s and then worked in Warwickshire Social Services & LB Lewisham. She return to painting after her daughter was born. She has exhibited in London and around the country as well as Beijing, Spain, Italy and Belgium and had residencies in Hackney, Aldeburgh and New York.

Her latest solo exhibitions have been at Brixton East In 2017 and in Blackheath in 2019. Also she often works with RAG (the Riverside Artist Group) in west London and Bad Behaviour in Brixton.

For about the last 10 years the main theme of her practice has been flying and she has developed her work using photography, performance and hanging mobiles. Learning gliding at Booker Airpark, High Wycombe has been a major inspiration.   jane_oldfield

PLEASE NOTE: From the beginning of June the Three Hares Gallery will be open to ticketed visitors Tuesdays through to Saturdays 11am – 4.30pm when the Museum is open.

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