Rosemary Rutherford Exhibition

To bring the life and works of this remarkable but largely forgotten artist to the attention of the wider community, a permanent exhibition was opened in 2023.

Before and after

This exhibition summarises Rosemary’s life and extraordinary artistic achievements. Models reveal how fresco and stained glass are made. Some of her remarkable range of drawings and paintings are shown, including wartime artwork and flower paintings. Her spiritual, caring nature and brilliant artistry shine through.

The exhibition was opened on Saturday 25th March 2023 by Rosemary’s niece, Jenny, following a talk on Rosemary’s life and works by team member Naomi Courtenay-Luck (Jenny’s daughter).

How we created the exhibition

The exhibition was made possible following a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

We are also grateful to the following donors for help with this project:

Friends of Essex Churches

The Round Tower Churches Trust

FSJ Charities

Ian M Foulerton Charitable Trust

Congregational and General Charitable Trust

Tom Amos Charity

Jennings Fine Art

Walter Farthing Trust

Essex Society for Archaeology and History

A booklet illustrating Rosemary’s life and works is on sale in the exhibition area, together with other relevant publications. It was prepared by the exhibition team and edited by Rosemary’s great niece Naomi Courtenay-Luck.