Local Artist exhibits her collection "Painting Our Local Past" at Fresh Ground Cafe

Roman Sea Mills Horse Shoe Bend

Horfield Baptist Church’s Fresh Ground Cafe is currently hosting a local artist/illustrator’s collection of paintings, prints and personal studies in an exhibition entitled ‘Painting Our Local Past’.

Christine Molan’s collection brings Bristol’s early history vividly to life in paintings based on recent Roman discoveries at Sea Mills and Medieval Bristol Castle. The recent discoveries include a rare Roman port at Sea Mills which has “revolutionised thinking about Roman Bristol” according to Bob Jones- BCC Archeo officer 2012. Christine’s own father dug up a hoard of Roman Mediterranean pottery on his allotment beside by the Avon in the 1960’s.

Roman Quayside Sea Mills Facing EastChristine explains:

His dusty old boxes of pottery inspired in me a passion for history, in time I became a professional artist…the boxes sat on my desk for 30 years as I painted history books (Bristol Castle was my first local project)…then in 2009 I learned that a BCC Roman community project was happening in Sea Mills. I showed Dad’s collection to puzzled curators at the City Museum. As the volunteer team discovered more month by month, I began recreating images of Sea Mills as it looked 2000 years ago. 5 years on the site is now in the hands of English Heritage! For me this has been a thrilling full circle.

The exhibition was suggested by Katie Wilkinson who works at Fresh Ground Cafe and who lives in Southmead. Christine agreed: “I think it is time that Bristol and its schools knew about the discoveries.” 

The exhibition is open weekdays from 10am until 2pm at Fresh Ground Cafe, Horfield Baptist Church on Gloucester Road until until 5th December. Signed giclee prints are available to buy or order from the artist.

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