Snow Story

Exhibition at the Gardens Gallery, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham

12-16 February 2012

Antarctic-inspired art work was viewed by more than 250 visitors to the Gardens Gallery in Montpellier during February half-term. Adults and children alike were enchanted by Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum’s Snow Story installation created by sixty 6 and 7 year olds from Swindon Village Primary School under the guidance of local artist and illustrator Imogen Harvey-Lewis.

Imogen worked with the children in school to produce the ambitious paper sculpture display, designed to capture the Antarctic landscape, as a response to the story of the South Pole adventures of Captain Scott and local hero Edward Wilson.


During the week-long exhibition, some visitors created their own artistic responses to the Polar landscape during art and music workshops. They made snow globes filled with icebergs and glittering snow, pastel landscapes inspired by Wilson’s paintings and constructed the South Pole on a plate! Others had fun making pop-up or articulated penguins, or simply enjoyed the simple, yet striking nature of the children’s art work.


Imogen Harvey-Lewis, who welcomed many of the young artists and their families to the Gardens Gallery at the official opening of the show, praised the children’s creativity, concluding:  “The results have been inspired and enchanting. I love the idea of making something out of nothing, of taking a simple drawing or set of abstract marks and transforming them into something spectacular, unexpected, and inspired. I feel the children’s imaginations and hard work have done their school, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and Edward Wilson himself proud.”


(With thanks to Cheltenham NADFAS for their support)


Comments left in Gardens Gallery visitor’s book:


  • Lovely to see an art exhibition in Chelt.  Also great workshop!
  • Lovely installation, with a real Antarctic “feel” to it.
  • The children’s efforts are very good.  I enjoyed the information and Wilson’s picture.
  • Great effort from the artist working with so many children!
  • Wonderful children’s activities; we enjoyed the big inflatable penguin.
  • Great fun thank you.
  • Thank you so much.
  • Great.
  • Lovely abstraction of the Arctic landscape, better perceived than many adults could achieve!
  • Great to see the children’s work and what is being done.
  • I liked the art work it was amazing and cool.  Thank you.
  • I hope you’re really enjoying yourselves I enjoyed myself




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