We're thrilled to announce the gallery's 2016 programme which includes a crowd-sourced John Bratby exhibition, new work from contemporary artist Marcus Harvey, Picasso in the UK, focused explorations of Prunella Clough, John Piper and Sir Stanley Spencer, plus a unique collaboration with the Ingram Collection.
Starting in January 2016 with Coast at London Art Fair (Jerwood Gallery is the 2016 Museum Partner) the exhibition illustrates the ways in which the British coastline, as a physical and spiritual place, coupled with its extraordinary light, have shaped and influenced selected artists who feature in the Jerwood Collection.
Important works drawn from the collection by artists including Ben Nicholson, John Piper, John Tunnard and Christopher Wood will feature in a special exhibition within the British Pavilion (20-24 January 2016 at the Business Design Centre, Islington).
Rather than create a traditional retrospective of John Bratby's paintings – it is believed that he painted over 1,500 works – we launched a rare opportunity in June 2015 for the UK public to help shape the style and content of our exhibition, John Bratby: Everything but the Kitchen Sink, including the Kitchen Sink (30 January - 17 April). Over the past few months, the gallery has been overwhelmed with submissions of privately owned Bratby’s, along with personal recollections, letters and photos. A selection of these will form the exhibition, which will also include a reconstruction of Bratby’s studio.
In Focus: John Piper - An Eye for the Modern (2 March – 8 May 2016) inspired by a new Jerwood Collection acquisition, Beach and Starfish, Seven Sisters’s Cliff, Eastbourne, 1933-34 will explore the context in which Piper created this work and his career long interest in abstraction. There will also be examples of Piper’s work within other mediums, including a mosaic table, tapestries, book jackets and theatre set designs.
Running concurrently will be John Piper:Jack-in-the-Green, a display of around 15 of Piper’s foliate head works, in a variety of mediums. The works will be displayed alongside contemporary photographs of Hastings’ annual Jack-in-the-Green Festival, which is held on the first May Bank Holiday each year.
In April, Prunella Clough: Unknown Countries (23 April – 6 July 2016) will showcase the diverse talent of Clough and her early fascination with industrial landscapes, in particular, the oblique profiles of fishermen at work. These will be displayed alongside her later abstract paintings, and a display of the generations of artists she has influenced.
A collection of self-portraits by Maggi Hambling, Michael Ayrton, Euan Uglow, Alberto Morrocco, Keith Vaughan and Anne Redpath, amassed by the writer Ruth Borchard (1910-2000) will be exhibited from May 2016 in, The Painter Behind the Canvas. Works that the artists featured created which belong to the Jerwood Collection will be displayed alongside these works.
Bitten by Picasso (6 July – 9 October 2016) showcases ceramics, paintings, etchings and photographs by and of Picasso. This family-focused exhibition draws upon the special collection and archive at Farley Farm House, at Chiddingly, East Sussex – the former home of photographer Lee Miller and surrealist artist Roland Penrose, alongside works from other private collections.
The couple came to live at Farley Farm House in 1949 and in the following 35-years built up a collection of contemporary art treasures. Many of these were made by their friends and visitors, including Pablo Picasso, who visited in 1950. Miller photographed Picasso extensively, in his home and in hers.
Marcus Harvey's summer exhibition, Inselaffe, will centre around Harvey's most recent work in ceramics which forges motifs and emblems of Britishness, such as military memorabilia and joke shop knick-knacks into collaged portraits of historical figures - from Nelson to Margaret Thatcher and from Napoleon to Tony Blair.
‘Inselaffe’ is a German word meaning ‘Island Monkeys’ and is used, perhaps derogatively but mostly light heartedly, to describe the people of England. It derives from a tongue in cheek theory that evolution must have stalled in the UK, as British people behave in such a yobbish manner.
This exhibition forms part of Hastings’ Root 1066 Festival and runs from (16 July – 16 October 2016).
In Focus: Stanley Spencer - A Panorama of Life (15 October 2016 – 8 January 2017) is inspired by the generous loan of Sir Stanley Spencer’s masterpiece, The Garage, from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and in partnership with the Spencer Gallery in Cookham. The one room display represents a less appreciated side of Spencer, as a master of the realist movement in modern Britain.
The final exhibition of 2016 will be a special collaborative display of works from the Ingram and Jerwood Collections. Century: 100 works of Modern British Art from the Ingram and Jerwood Collections (22 October 2016 – 8 January 2017) brings together for the first time two philanthropists and their collections of paintings, drawings and sculpture by major British artists of the twentieth century.
Curated by author and lecturer James Russell specifically for Jerwood Gallery and will explore a range of themes, from evolving depictions of the coast to the intriguing relationship between figurative and abstract painting.
The exhibition will also bring together groups of related works, such as a series of intimate portraits in pencil, a group of sublime modern watercolours, and an exciting selection of pieces by British sculptors of the 1950s alongside preparatory drawings.
Image: Marcus Harvey, Maggie Island, 2015 (detail) copyright Justin Pip. Courtesy the artist and Vigo Gallery.