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City champions enjoy a "moving" and "magnificent" first visit to Nottingham Castle

City champions enjoy a "moving" and "magnificent" first visit to Nottingham Castle

TWO NOTTINGHAM champions of art and culture, British textile manufacturer and collector Sir Harry Djanogly and sought-after contemporary artist, master potter and renowned author Edmund de Waal CBE, have taken a first look at their contributions to Nottingham Castle during a visit yesterday (Monday 9 August).   


Sir Harry, a generous patron and benefactor of the arts, championed the creation of Nottingham Castle Trust and donated essential funds to the Early Nottingham Craft Gallery which includes the Castle’s exceptional medieval alabaster sculptures and highlights the city’s innovation in salt-glazed stoneware. Today was his first chance to experience the Gallery which is dedicated to his late wife, Lady Carol Djanogly. As a passionate art collector, Sir Harry has also loaned two significant pieces by Nottingham artist Arthur Spooner – The Goose Fair and Market Place.  

Sir Harry Djanogly said: 

“The Gallery is magnificent; it’s better than I could have ever imagined. The journey to create the Trust started over 20 years ago and what they have managed to achieve has far exceeded my expectations. I’m very excited for Nottingham. I’ll definitely be visiting again and bringing my grandchildren along to enjoy it too.” 

Sir Harry was accompanied by friend and fellow-Nottinghamian Edmund de Waal who donated an installation of his own ceramic work to the newly renovated Art Gallery.  

Mr de Wall commented: 

“It’s very moving to come back here as this was the very first museum that I ever visited as a child. The Castle is woven into memories from my young life and it’s fantastic to see this beautiful, powerful, and ambitious transformation. It’s now a museum for generations of other children and will inspire them to begin their creative lives.” 

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