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Thursday, 10 November 2016

JILL HOWORTH 14th March 1949 - 7th November 2016

We have just received the very sad news of Jill Howarth's passing, and can say little more than is expressed in the message below from her gallery.  
Jill will be deeply missed by many in Ludlow and far beyond.  From the Art Society, our condolences to Jill's family and friends, and all who were near her, joining you in cherishing what she brought to the community, the arts, and our memories.

JILL HOWORTH 14th March 1949 - 7th November 2016

Jill Howorth, the owner of Ludlow's Silk Top Hat Gallery, has died unexpectedly after a short illness.
She has been a much-loved trader in the town for over 35 years and greatly respected for her interest in the community and for her constant support of Ludlow Assembly Rooms, in which she was involved from its inception.
She was born in Bridgnorth in 1949. Both her parents were artists (as is her sculptor brother David). After gaining a degree at Sussex University she worked in the Library at Wolverhampton Art College, followed by a post-graduate course in Librarianship at University College, London.
She then became Curator of the newly-formed Institute of Contemporary Prints and went with this important collection when it was transferred to the then Modern Collection of the Tate Gallery in London (the origins of Tate Modern).
Jill returned to Shropshire and opened her first exhibition space in Ludlow's Dinham House in 1980 and moved to Quality Square a year later.
Over the years she championed the work of innumerable artists, developed an idiosyncratic artists' materials and gift shop and, more recently, opened a second exhibition space in Quality Square, Isaac Smart's - a showcase for contemporary craft work.
Every year she organized a special and wide-ranging Christmas Exhibition and was planning this year's show when she was taken ill.
This exhibition will still take place, at the Silk Top Hat Gallery and at Isaac Smart's, as a memorial to Jill.
She died, very peacefully, at Severn Hospice, Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury on 7th November.
Donations in memory of Jill will be warmly welcomed to support Ludlow Assembly Rooms (her greatest passion) or Severn Hospice.
She will be greatly missed by countless friends, artists and collectors.

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