'The Blue Pool', Augustus John, copyright: The estate of Augustus John. Bridgeman Images/Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum

'The Blue Pool', Augustus John, copyright: The estate of Augustus John. Bridgeman Images/Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum

Ridge from Redcliff, Looking Towards Stoborough. Arthur Friedenson. Private collection.

Ridge from Redcliff, Looking Towards Stoborough. Arthur Friedenson. Private collection.

On Canford Heath. Augustus John. Private collection

On Canford Heath. Augustus John. Private collection

Philip Wilson Steer Moon Rising over the Downs 1908 / oil on canvas / 75 x 100 cm private collection

Philip Wilson Steer Moon Rising over the Downs 1908 / oil on canvas / 75 x 100 cm private collection

Clouds over the Sea, John Everett, c.1910, oil on board, private collection

Clouds over the Sea, John Everett, c.1910, oil on board, private collection

John Everett / Seascape and the Dorset coast c.1910 / oil on board / 18 x 24 cm private collection

John Everett / Seascape and the Dorset coast c.1910 / oil on board / 18 x 24 cm private collection

John Everett / Worbarrow Bay, Christmas Day, 1909-10 / oil on paper © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

John Everett / Worbarrow Bay, Christmas Day, 1909-10 / oil on paper © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Creech Barrow, Evelyn Cheston, Dorset, 1910, oil on canvas, © Bridgeman Images/Manchester City Art Gallery

Creech Barrow, Evelyn Cheston, Dorset, 1910, oil on canvas, © Bridgeman Images/Manchester City Art Gallery

Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex, 1900-1914, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex, 1900-1914, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex, 1900-1914, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex, 1900-1914, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex, 1900-1914, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex, 1900-1914, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex, 1900-1914, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex, 1900-1914, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Featuring artists such as Augustus John, William Orpen and John Everett, Inquisitive Eyes reveals, for the first time, the importance of the Wessex landscape during a pivotal moment in British art.

In the early twentieth-century, a group of radical artists who were associated with the Slade and New English Art Club, explored and expanded the boundaries of art while roaming the hills around Purbeck. This rural Dorset retreat played host to an informal artists’ ‘colony’ - evidently as significant as St. Ives or Newlyn, but hitherto unrecognised.

This ground-breaking new exhibition of works, produced during this fascinating period, offers new insight into the development of British art.

The exhibition also features major works by Roger Fry and Vanessa Bell, whose depictions of the Wessex coastline afford an intriguing comparison with the previously assumed ‘modern’ work of the Slade painters, suggesting that the modernist battle was, in fact, waged upon the beaches of Dorset.         

Curated by Gwen Yarker, Inquisitive Eyes is supported by the Foyle Foundation and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art and is held in partnership with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (NMM). Loans will include major works from national collections including the NMM, the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as privately owned works by Philip Wilson Steer, Henry Tonks, William Orpen and Vanessa Bell – some unseen for generations.

 

                

 

Running alongside Inquisitive Eyes:

Imagined Landscapes

Imagined Landscapes explores a contemporary notion of ‘place’ in relation to the English landscape, featuring fictional topographies, ancient sites, transparent borders, fluid spaces and real places. Here, selected artists blend fact and fiction/myth and memory, within a variety of media, mapping the landscape as storytellers, cartographers and cultural geographers.

Simon Quadrat PPRWA NEAC

This intimate exhibition features works by past-president Simon Quadrat, ex-Slade student and the newest member of the NEAC.

 

6 February - 12 June 2016

Admission prices

Ticket includes admission to all concurrent exhibitions

Adults: £6.95
(includes a 70p donation)

Concessions: £4.95
(includes a 50p donation)

Under 16s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE

Art Fund card holders: £4.50 (includes a 50p donation)

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Sunday: 11am – 5pm
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