The lunchtime talks which accompany exhibitions are usually given by curator Sophie Cummings and give a wonderful insight into the thinking behind the title, and the reason for bringing together these particular works and displaying them in a certain way. This exhibition brings together 44 works which toured the country in 1959, along with some more recent acquisitions. There are more information panels than is often the case because visitors have said they very much enjoy finding out more about the history of paintings.
Here’s the ‘title wall’
and Sophie just visible above and below talking to about 20 of us
Two shipyard paintings, John Nash, Dredgers, Bristol Harbour, 1924 on the right
This is a dated looking watercolour by Leslie Kent, ‘Home before the Storm’, a watercolour painted c 1950, purchased 1951. I’ve included it because it’s so atypical of the Swindon Collection.
Below, another watercolour by Philip Wilson Steer, ‘Boats in Harbour’ painted in 1920, and presented by the Contemporary Arts Society in 1946.
Below one of the H.J.P.Bomford gifted works by Henry Moore, entitled ‘Three Women and a Child’, 1944, donated 1946
And last but by no means least, another of the Bomford gifted works in 1946, by Jankel Adler, ‘Composition’ produced in 1943
There’s a lot of reflection so it’s difficult to see, but do go and look at the exhibition if you can. There’s an information panel on Jankel Adler, and various other artists.