Art History Day School: Travelling Southwest – The St Ives Artists

09 May 2020

Art History Day School: Travelling Southwest – The St Ives Artists

Price: Regular price £30.00 Sale

Coronavirus update: Regretfully this event will not be taking place on 9 April 2020. We will contact all ticket buyers via email in the following days. 

Saturday 9 May 2020, 10:30am – 4:30pm

RWA Friends and Volunteers receive 5% off with a valid discount code. For more about becoming a Friend click here.

If you have booked a student ticket please bring a valid student ID 

Join two curators and an additional expert for exhibition tours and an informative day of Art History. 

Rob Airey will give an introduction to the life and work of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and a closer examination of the themes and work found in the exhibition, 'Inspirational Journeys' which he curated. 

Rachel Rose Smith will give two short talks in depth on the life and work of Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, as well as her curator's tour of the Artists of St Ives exhibition. There will also be a facilitated group discussion. 

Jeanie Sinclair will introduce excerpts of oral histories from St Ives Archive that will explore stories related to the themes and artists in the exhibition.

About the lecturers:

Rob Airey has worked as Registrar at the Tate Gallery and the Henry Moore Foundation. He worked in Cornwall for the Public Catalogue Foundation (ArtUK) before becoming Exhibitions Officer at Truro’s Royal Cornwall Museum. In 2007 Rob was appointed Keeper of Art at Newcastle University’s Hatton Gallery before being selected in 2017 to be the first Director of the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust following its move to new premises in Edinburgh.

Rachel Rose Smith is a freelance curator and lecturer. She was the founding curator of the Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge and Assistant Curator of Modern British Art, Tate Britain (2016–19). She co-curated the Tate St Ives exhibition International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives 1915–65 (2014). Her 2019-20 freelance projects include Barbara Hepworth: Divided Circle (The Heong Gallery) and the  exhibition of art from St Ives at the RWA.

Jeanie Sinclair is a historian, researcher and lecturer. Her research uses oral history, sound and performance to explore the hidden and overlooked histories of the post-war creative community in St Ives. She has worked as an assistant curator at Tate St Ives, was research fellow at St Ives Archive, and has given talks on her research nationally and internationally.

As usual there will be hot drinks and snacks provided, and during the lunch break (45 minutes) you can visit the café and RWA shop.

Reserve your place using the 'book now' button above. Please note that spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Image credit: Barcelona Series No. 1, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, 1992, Barcelona Series, Gouache on Paper, 56.6 x 76 cm Frame: 80 x 99 x 4.7 cm


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