EXHIBITIONS

ERIC RAVILIOUS: DOWNLAND MAN, COMING 2021

Eric Ravilious, The Vale of the White Horse, 1939

Since researching 'Ravilious in Pictures: Sussex and the Downs' a dozen years ago I've been wanting to curate an exhibition devoted to the artist and the landscape he studied from boyhood. And now I've been given my chance. 'Eric Ravilious: Downland Man' will open at the Wiltshire Museum, Devizes, in the autumn of 2020 and we have some fabulous loans lined up...


SEASIDE MODERN: ART & LIFE ON THE BEACH (1910-1960), COMING 2021

Coming to Hastings this summer, my new exhibition explores an intriguing cultural phenomenon. In the first half of the 20th century, and particularly between the wars, the British seaside was both popular and fashionable. The young and sophisticated stripped off layers of Victorian prudery and cavorted on the sand in the latest daring swimwear. Artists hit the beach in search of new inspiration. And as governments introduced compulsory holidays for workers, people flocked to the seaside in ever-increasing numbers.

This exhibition doesn't only celebrate the best of Modern British, with top notch works by LS Lowry, Paul Nash, Eric Ravilious, Barbara Hepworth and a host of other stars. It also explores the evolving story of our relationship with the seaside. How were resorts advertised, and how did ads develop as social attitudes changed? What did people wear on the beach, and how did they behave? Look out for rarely seen archive photos as well as posters and other artefacts.

Having spent two weeks of every childhood summer at Sandbanks in Poole I have an enduring love of the seaside. Putting this show together has been an absolute treat.

'Seaside Modern: Art and Life on the Beach' opens at Hastings Contemporary on July 4 (all being well). I've put together a lecture exploring the themes of the exhibition which you can find on the Lectures page.


REFLECTION: BRITISH ART IN AN AGE OF CHANGE, SUMMER 2019



'This revelatory show juxtaposes old and new, domestic and unusual, to startling and unmissable effect', Rachel Cooke reviewing Reflection, The Observer, 18 August 2019

'Some of the greatest artists of the modern era', Alex Wood introducing Reflection, The Yorkshire Post, 15 August 2019

Exhibition of the Week in The Times (17 Aug), The Daily Telegraph (17 Aug), The Sunday Telegraph (18 Aug), The Morning Star (29 Aug)

Filmed interview about Reflection, That's TV Humber, 15 August 2019

'Rarely seen treasures', podcast discussing Reflection, Hull Is This, 15 August 2019

And some gratifying feedback from the punters:

'As there didn't seem to be a visitors' book at the Ferens, I am writing to say what a fantastic exhibition you have put together. The range and quality of the exhibits is excellent but what particularly impressed me were the curator's comments. They were so insightful,accessible, thought-provoking and concise - totally devoid of the often reams of pretentious verbage that often accompany painting.' Ms S, Sept 2019

'The visitor worked with artists on the Welsh Border. She very much wanted us to pass on her comments about Reflection... She thought the curation of the exhibition was fantastic. She loved the information boards and thought they were the best she had ever seen. She thought they contained appropriate and useful information without making the viewer feel ignorant about the artwork or artist, and not at all highbrow. She thought the exhibition amongst one of the best she had seen throughout the UK and all for free!' Gallery staff, Oct 2019


Installation view, 'Reflection'

 
Installation view, 'Reflection'




EDWARD BAWDEN, DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY, SUMMER 2018






"Dulwich Picture Gallery shows timeless appeal of a great artist and designer." Edward Bawden at Dulwich reviewed by Melanie McDonagh, Evening Standard, 23 May 2018

"An optimistic, feel-good collection," Edward Bawden at Dulwich reviewed by Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2018

"A much-loved maker of marks," Edward Bawden at Dulwich reviewed by Alex O'Connell, The Times, 24 May 2018

"A thoroughly jolly affair," Edward Bawden at Dulwich reviewed by Martin Gayford, Spectator, 9 June 2018

"As this exhibition shows, Bawden’s watercolours – their marriage of tradition and innovation a highpoint of British modernism – are due another look." Edward Bawden at Dulwich reviewed by Florence Hallett, 1843 Magazine, 30 May 2018

"A pleasingly humorous show," Edward Bawden at Dulwich reviewed by Michael Glover, Independent, 23 May 2018*

"This is an exhibition for families. Bawden's work is humorous, colourful, vibrant and brimming with energy." Edward Bawden at Dulwich, Angels and Urchins, May 2018

"The Serious Charm of Edward Bawden," Edward Bawden at Dulwich reviewed by Jenny Uglow, New York Review of Books, 15 July 2018


*This one isn't especially friendly, but in a way I'm glad Bawden is able to provoke a hostile reaction...


IN RELATION: NINE COUPLES WHO TRANSFORMED MODERN BRITISH ART
RWA BRISTOL, SUMMER 2018

exhibition catalogue available from publishers, Sansom & Co
The culmination of three years' research, this exhibition featured 150 works by 18 artists and - though I say so myself - it was pretty good. The artists on display were Laura and Harold Knight, Dod and Ernest Procter, Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, Eric Ravilious and Tirzah Garwood, Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde, Roger and Rose Hilton, and Mary Fedden and Julian Trevelyan. Here are a few highlights from the comments book:


'Another inspired - and inspiring - exhibition, beautifully curated! Thank you.' EF, 12.7.18
'Very interesting exhibition...' Anon, 14.7.18
'Wonderful idea - a new perspective on these artists and the times they lived in - great collection!' Anon, 17.7.18
'Excellent concept, well selected and well displayed. Thank you!' Anon, 22.7.18
'Merveilleuse exposition, merci!' Anon, 1.8.18
'Excellent exhibition!! One of the best so far in 2018.' DB, 5.8.18
'So interesting - wonderful to see the work of the women!' Anon, 9.8.18
'A fabulous original exhibition. Full of women's work too, hurrah!' Anon, 11.8.18
'A superbly curated exhibition - the unobtrusive but suggestive notes to various works are a particular delight.' T, 19.8.18 
'Lovely exhibition, it really inspired me.' J 19.8.18

Installation view, 'In Relation'

Installation view, 'In Relation'

Installation view, 'In Relation'



CENTURY, JERWOOD GALLERY, HASTINGS, 2016-17



"...more to delight than disturb."
'Century' reviewed by Caroline Bugler, Country Life, 7 Dec 2016

"The Jerwood Gallery's exhibition of works by 100 modern British artists is sprightly, uplifting and as bracing as a dip in the English channel."
'Century' at Jerwood Gallery reviewed by Harry Mount, Mail on Sunday, 27 Nov 2016

A "joyous and playfully curated sweep through 20th-century British art."
'Century' at Jerwood Gallery reviewed by Emily Spicer, Studio International, 16 Nov 2016

"...an exhibition that perfectly encapsulates the most exciting time for Modern British art, exploding the typical chronological view to show artists looking forward and backwards to create new and radical work."
'Century' at Jerwood Gallery reviewed by Samuel Spencer, Blouin Artinfo, 27 Oct 2016


Installation view, 'Century'

Installation view, 'Century'

Installation view, 'Century'


RAVILIOUS, DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY, 2015



"...a joy from start to finish."
'Ravilious' at Dulwich reviewed by Richard Dorment, The Daily Telegraph, April 2015

'Ravilious' at Dulwich reviewed by Nancy Durrant, The Times (subscription), April 2015

"Exhilarating, enthralling and outstandingly beautiful"
'Ravilious' at Dulwich reviewed by Laura Cummings, The Observer, April 2015

'Ravilious' at Dulwich reviewed by Martin Gayford, The Spectator, April 2015

'Ravilious' at Dulwich reviewed by Martin Coomer, Time Out, April 2015

'Ravilious at Dulwich reviewed by Waldemar Januszczak, The Sunday Times (subscription), April 2015

'Ravilious at Dulwich' reviewed by Eye Magazine, April 2015

'Ravilious' at Dulwich reviewed by The Learned Pig, April 2015

'Ravilious at Dulwich' reviewed by The Economist, April 2015


PEGGY ANGUS: DESIGNER, TEACHER, PAINTER (CO-CURATOR WITH SARA COOPER), TOWNER, EASTBOURNE, 2014



Peggy Angus: Designer, Teacher, Painter reviewed by Sarah Snaith, Creative Review, Sept 2014

Potato prints, paintings & the Soviet Union: the real Miss Jean Brodie - review of Peggy Angus book, Laura Freeman, Spectator, July 2014

In the Full Force of Life - review of Peggy Angus exhibition by Ruth Guilding, Country Life magazine, July 2014

Peggy Angus, Design's Forgotten Warrior - Rachel Cooke, The Observer, July 2014

Beside the Seaside with Peggy Angus, BBC Antiques Roadshow blog, July 2014

Installation view, 'Peggy Angus'

Installation view, 'Peggy Angus'



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