Methodist Modern Art Collection Autumn Tour
Saturday 12 October 2019, 3-7pm
MMAC Autumn Talk and Guided Tour: "Hope and Reconciliation" & 167th Open Exhibition RWA
The first occasion of its kind in collaborative partnership; The Methodist Modern Art Collection, Royal West of England Academy (RWA) and Victoria Methodist Church present their Autumn Talk and Guided Tour 2019.
“Hope & Reconciliation: the impacts of war on artists represented in the Methodist Art Collection” presented by Ann Sumner the Chair of the Methodist Modern Art Collection Management Committee. From 15.00 -16.00
The tour will take in the 167th Annual Open Exhibition and, as well as having a chance to see all the work in the galleries, attendees will also be able to hear about how an Open Exhibition with over 3,200 submissions runs, how work is chosen and placed and the history of the exhibition and the RWA. From 16.15 -17.30 followed by refreshments at the paying bar until 19.00
This exclusive event offers a limited number of places, booking is advised.
The event will start at Victoria Methodist Church Doors open for teas and coffee at 14.45
There will be an opportunity for reflections and refreshments at the onsite café before the second part of the event.
The second half of the event will take place in the iconic Royal West of England Academy (RWA) which stands adjacent to Victoria Methodist Church.
The Autumn Talk and Guided Tour will be of interest to the curious, the collector and Friends of the Methodist Modern Art Collection and The RWA alike.
Our speaker for the afternoon is Professor Ann Sumner, Chair of the Methodist Modern Art Collection. Ann is a former Keeper at the Holburne Museum, Bath Head of Fine Art at the National Museum of Wales and Director of the Barber Institute in Birmingham. She was recently Head of Cultural Engagement at the University of Leeds and is now Visiting Professor at Manchester Met University where she heads up the Mitzi Cunliffe and Manchester Women Artists 1870 – 1970 Project.
The talk is scheduled to coincide with the 100th anniversary commemorations for the Paris Peace Conference following World War I.
Works by Edward Burra, Elizabeth Frink, William Roberts and Graham Sutherland will be discussed in a fully illustrated talk. Many of the most talented British 20th Century painters were influenced by their experiences of World War I and II. They may have been serving officers, war artists, volunteers with the Red Cross, refugees or spent their formative years as children growing up during either World War, living through war on the Home Front.
After both wars, a number of artists turned to religious subjects and many were later involved in the memorialisation of those who had fallen. Ann will also consider not only how World War I and World War II impacted on artists such as William Roberts and Roy de Maistre, represented in the Collection but the impact of both World Wars on the founder of the collection, John Morel Gibbs of Penarth in south Wales. His own father died in action in WWI and he, himself was a conscientious objector in WWII.
This event is free to attend and spaces are limited therefore booking is advised to avoid disappointment.