The studio ‘touch-wall’ at Chartwell

The studio at Chartwell

From Friday 27 September, Chartwell is launching a new interactive exhibit in the studio where Sir Winston Churchill created many of his paintings.

The new exhibit

Although Churchill never considered himself as a professional artist, over his lifetime he produced over 530 known canvases.

To help us tell the story of Churchill the artist, we are launching a brand new exhibit down in the studio. The interactive ‘touch-wall’ explore Churchill’s artwork in depth and detail, at your own pace and choosing your own personal interests.

The exhibit highlights the style and techniques Churchill developed over the years as well as the geographical and creative journey he pursued during his 50 years of painting.

" Having never written a diary, Churchill’s paintings give us a visual diary of the people and places that meant the most to him. As a result, they provide a personal insight into one of the most important public figures in our history."

The touchscreen uniquely plots the various destinations, from Flanders and the Western Front of the First World War to peaceful Marrakech, that Churchill captured on canvas while travelling for work or pleasure.

Churchill the artist

It was only at the age of 41 that Churchill first picked up a paintbrush, proving you are never too late to start something new. Afterwards, this would turn into a passion he would enjoy for the rest of his active life.

The studio itself was built in the 1930s and would become a favourite place for Churchill to spend time in, allowing him to paint without interruption away from the hustle and bustle of the main house.

Today the studio at Chartwell holds the largest single collection of his works.

This would not have been possible without the success of the Churchill’s Chartwell Appeal. Major funders are the National Lottery Heritage Fund with other generous donations from The Royal Oak Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, National Trust centres and associations and private donors. The public have also been generously donating towards the project.

The three year, £7 million internationally significant project continues to show how Winston Churchill, his legacy and Chartwell remain relevant in the 21st century.

Katherine, the Chartwell collections manager, examining some of the items in the Keep Churchill at Chartwell appeal

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