was Head of Arts and Recreation for Thamesdown Borough Council from 1970-92, and was hugely influential in developing our cultural
assets including the Modern Art Collection and Lydiard.
passion for the arts is exemplified by his role as Vice Chair of the
Arts Council of Great Britain and Chair of the Friends of Lydiard.
Denys' last talk on the Art Collection in April last year was as inspiring and enthusiastic as ever, he was passionate about art and artists and knew so much about the Swindon Collection and the background to many of the paintings in the Collection, I've put links to those blog entries below:
Here is the link to the talk he gave in 2011 on the exhibition he had picked called 'Builder's Choice', with some of his favourite exhibits on show:
He played a role in the publication of the catalogue of the Swindon Collection published by Thamesdown Borough Council in 1991 and available in the Museum and Art Gallery,
ISBN 1 871853 02 8.
One of the paintings he was most passionate about was 'Florestan' by Gillian Ayres 1986. It was bought in 1987 from the Knoedler Gallery, London, for the Contemporary Art Society by Caryl Hubbard and presented to Swindon in 1988.
Here is a photograph of it:
Click on the link above for more on that painting and many more.