Alongside two new exhibitions – portraits by Lotte Meitner-Graf and ‘In Search of Lost Time’ by John Brewer, which will be staged until July at Dimbola, Freshwater – the permanent exhibition on the history of the Isle of Wight Festivals has had an update.
Dr Brian Hinton MBE said that Dimbola Museum and Galleries had received a grant from Solo, organisers of the IW Festival, enabling some special projects to take place. These had been agreed with John Giddings and include extending the IW Festival exhibition and enabling research to take place on the Victorian wall coverings with a view to covering some of the walls in rooms at Dimbola with copies of original designs.
Sculptor Guy Portelli was a guest at the launch of Lotte’s portraits and whilst in Freshwater was arranging the display of a new piece of his work to be in the IW Festival archive.
Based in Tonbridge, Guy said his work based on Melanie which has been in the exhibition for some time was to be replaced by a new work based on Jeff Beck. Whereas singer Melanie’s sculpture had been based on a bicycle theme Guy’s take on guitarist Jeff Beck involves cars, a passion of the musician.
Report with thanks to Alan and Suzanne Whitewood