As part of it’s on-going development, the Mountain Heritage Trust is pleased to announce it has secured almost £50,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project is designed to examine the Trust's current position and consider its role for the future, including how it can raise awareness of this nationally important collection and make it accessible to a wider range of people.
Currently showing until Christmas are four paintings by Alpine Club member Julian Cooper that have not been seen before in the UK. They are part of a joint show called ‘Fire and Ice’ at Michael Richardson’s Art Space Gallery. Only shown before at Turin is a huge close-up of the upper part of the Eiger North Face that is a masterpiece of intimidation through a combination of detail and gravity. Counter-balancing this are three new portraits of Alpine peaks first climbed by members of the Alpine Club. The Weisshorn towers against a sky of graded depth; the bulk of the Dent Blanch is all ribs and ridges; the last alpenglow on Monte Rosa is a sideshow to a bowl of complex light and shadow. It is a mark of the maturity of these smaller works that deft subtleties are achieved by remarkably thick brushstrokes.