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This week's blog is written by Curator of The Ingram Collection, Jo Baring, who tells us more about a current loan to the gallery, Ropes and Lorries, featured in our two-room display, In Focus: Edward Burra - A Rye View.

Jerwood Gallery, Hastings is a dynamic young gallery, with a vibrant and thoughtful exhibition programme. When Curator of the Jerwood Collection, Lara Wardle, originally discussed the idea of A Rye View - an opportunity to bring together a small group of works to showcase Edward Burra’s watercolours of Rye and its locality - we were thrilled to be part of it.
In Focus: Edward Burra - A Rye View is a superb and concentrated show, confirming Burra’s unique artistic vision and the importance and influence of his work. The Ingram Collection has loaned Ropes and Lorries to the exhibition. This is a watercolour dating from 1942-3. It depicts Rye, Burra’s home town, which was then a restricted military area. Here the landscape is dominated by the mechanics of war, the camouflaged trucks taking centre stage, portrayed in a detailed and naturalist way. In comparison the human figures are not fully revealed and are submerged by the paraphernalia of war. Burra’s series of war pictures were created from the 1930s onwards, influenced by the Spanish Civil War and the course of the Second World War.
Burra is one of the most significant artists in The Ingram Collection of Modern British & Contemporary Art, a collection which is now recognised as one of the biggest privately owned and publicly accessible collections of Modern British and Contemporary art.  It comprises 650 works of art of which 500 are by the most important artists of the Modern British era, including Edward Burra, Lynn Chadwick, Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth and Eduardo Paolozzi.
Through an on-going programme of loans to exhibitions, galleries and museums, we ensure wide public access to the collection. The Ingram Collection is owned by entrepreneur and philanthropist Chris Ingram whose desire to share the collection publicly has led to deserved acclaim as ‘one of the most active and thoughtful collectors of Modern British Art today’ - Stephen Deuchar CBE, Director, The Art Fund

The Jerwood Collection comprises some of the best art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Formed by Alan Grieve, Chairman of the Jerwood Foundation, highlights of the collection include work by celebrated 20th century artists, such as Christopher Wood, L.S. Lowry and Sir Stanley Spencer. Its contemporary holdings include past winners of the Jerwood Painting Prize, such as Maggi Hambling and Craigie Aitchison. 

We look forward to working with Jerwood Gallery in the future to showcase our two unique collections, which are both lively celebrations of artistic practice in this country.

Images (top to bottom): Jo Baring from The Ingram Collection. Courtesy The Ingram Collection; Install photograph of In Focus: Edward Burra - A Rye View © Sam Roberts