Monday, 21 July 2014

Autumn 2014 a celebratory season of Folk Art at Compton Verney

Display - From Ammunition to Art: Trench Art from the First World War
15 July – 14 December 2014
 
This display of Trench Art is an opportunity to appreciate the remarkable creativity of ordinary people creating extraordinary things from the everyday by-products of the First World War.
 
As part of a national programme to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, this display showcases objects from a Warwickshire-based private lender.  A huge variety of materials are included, with each piece having been painstakingly produced by hand. Objects include carved sections of a propeller made by RAF ground crew, embroidered flour sacks derived from US aid to occupied Belgium, beadwork snakes made by Turkish prisoners on the Eastern Front and shell cases decorated by members of the Chinese labour corps. From over 20 countries around the world, each piece clearly demonstrates different national styles of decoration and craftsmanship, a poignant reminder of the global scale of the conflict.
 
Exhibition - British Folk Art
27 September – 14 December 2014
 
Discover the energy, variety and inventiveness of some of Britain’s unsung artists in this first major exhibition of British Folk Art, drawn together from collections across the UK.  Steeped in tradition and often created by self-taught artists and artisans, the remarkable objects in this exhibition include ships’ figureheads, quirky shop signs, leather Toby jugs, pin cushions by soldiers, paintings by Alfred Wallis and elaborately crafted quilts.
 
Folk Art has often been neglected in the story of British art: by uncovering this treasure trove of objects, this exhibition, which re-presents a number of works from our own important collection, asks why.
Exhibition organised by Compton Verney in association with Tate Britain, London.

Image: Unknown, Heart pincushion Beamish Museum (Durham, UK) Photo: Tate Photography
 
Collections - British Folk Art and Marx Lambert
Ongoing
 
Compton Verney is home to one of the largest collections of British Folk Art in the UK.  This internationally-recognised collection sits alongside the Marx-Lambert collection which was bequeathed to the gallery by designer Enid Marx (1902-1998).  Marx was one of the brightest design stars to emerge from the Design School of London’s Royal College of Art (RCA) during the interwar years. She was an author and illustrator of children’s books, a book designer, a printmaker, a textile designer and a painter.  She and her friend Margaret Lambert (1906- 95) were champions and prolific collectors of folk and popular art, some of which had a direct influence on Marx’s designs.  At Compton Verney visitors can see 500 objects collected by Marx and Lambert as well as Marx’s own work across a range of media, from textiles to postage stamps. 
Image: View of British Folk Art Objects Gallery at Compton Verney © Compton Verney

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