The new Motorcycle Photographed exhibition at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum draws much-deserved attention to the work of local photographer Bill Cole – a Gloucestershire man who became one of the best motorcycle photographers of the mid twentieth century.
A keen motorcyclist himself, Cole captured the excitement, skill and freedom of motorcycling in Gloucestershire with his Leica camera, and now members of the public can experience some of that thrill for themselves in the exhibition which spans 1946 to 1960.
‘With its hills, valleys and woodland Gloucestershire provided an ideal landscape for cross country motorcycling. Scrambles were about speed and were enjoyed in the summer, with Cooper’s Hill, Miserden and many more locations providing the seasonal circuits, while trails took place in the winter and were about skill and ability to ride in difficult areas and conditions,’ organisers say.
Offering a small selection of Gloucestershire highlights, the latest exhibition gives a taste of the legacy Bill Cole has left behind. Held until Sunday 24 August 2008, there’s plenty of time to squeeze in a summer trip to the Cheltenham town centre gallery while The Motorcycle Photographed is on show.
Event: The Motorcycle Photographed
Venue: Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum
*Dates: Saturday 5 July to Sunday 24 August 2008
Times: Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 5.20pm.
Tickets: Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Phone Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum on (01242) 237431 or visit cheltenhammuseum.org.uk for more information.
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