Monday, October 6th – Next week and for the jump season ahead, Wincanton Racecourse Winning Connections and Directors Box will become a hive of activity for six West Country artists.
Michelle McCullagh, Martin Alford, Katie Scorgie and Hannah Fowler alongside renowned sculptors Willie Newton and Amy Goodman – will throughout the 17-meeting season, rotationally exhibit their latest artwork for the joy of Wincanton winners, guests and the racing community.
All the vibrant and compelling images will be available to purchase, with the winning connections also having the chance to invest in a bespoke Hannah Fowler commission of their course victory.A further seasonal enhancement on Wincanton’s Artists in Residence will see Hannah Fowler ensconced at the Somerset track to exclusively draw its finest and most sporting racegoers in an ‘Inside Wincanton’ initiative. Furthermore, Hannah has been commissioned to create four bespoke paintings for winning connections of the Badger Ales Trophy, the Stan James Elite Hurdle, the Rising Stars Novices Chase and the Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle.
Hannah Fowler explains: “Inside Wincanton is a dynamic yet daunting task, at which I will sketch racing’s finest from jockeys, trainers to celebrity owners and on-course staff within a 15-minute window. The images will be auctioned at the end of the season in aid of Racing Welfare.”
Wincanton’s General Manager, Steve Parlett, adds: “Our artists have provided us with an array of images that we have used in promotional material, as original trophies to decor in the Directors Box. This season we look forward to enjoying more equine art from some of the West Country’s leading artists and very much hope that ‘Inside Wincanton’ will generate significant funds for the nominated charity.”
Launching the seasonal exhibition, Michelle McCullagh, says: “I’ve been most fortunate to have my work hung in galleries across the country but this will be a racecourse first. Horses have been my life and I fully intend to maximise and enjoy my four race-meeting exhibition; with all Wincanton racegoers from horses to folk being part of a fresh study.”
Gates open at 12:30pm for Wincanton’s Under Starters Orders raceday (Thursday, October 16th) with a £5 discount available on Premier and Grandstandtickets – seeing entry available for £10 or from £15 on the day. The offer is available till 23:59 on Wednesday, October 15th at wincantonracecourse.co.uk or call 0844 5793014.