Young Gallery Team

Peter RileyPeter Riley, Curator 01722 343275

Ruskin said ‘The role of an artist is not to teach people how to draw, but to see’

On reflection I see that this expression has occupied a central element in my working life. Fine arts and craft I have always found motivating and engaged. It has been a privilege to study fine art and briefly work an art practitioner. However my main preoccupation has been promoting the arts. It is a challenging domain and a huge privilege to support students in exhibition and museum design, set up exhibitions throughout the world and work in leading national institutions such as the National Galleries of Scotland and The V&A Museum in London. These activities have pre-occupied me over the past 38 years.

As gallery manager and Curator of Young Gallery – Salisbury, the growing collections and exhibition program providing the impetus for a larger vision for the visual arts in the local community, Wiltshire and in the SW.
Edwin Young and John Creasey’s legacies need to be built on if they are to survive in these challenging times. We want to reach new audiences, to provide the catalyst for a new response and engagement in the arts. Encourage people to ‘SEE’ and reap the benefit, be it beauty, enjoyment or question.

Pablo Picasso said  “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Art is surely the domain of life and we all give expression to it.