To coincide with ‘The Great Exhibition of The North’, our Summer Exhibition this year, Northern Ground, demonstrates the wealth of artistic talent in our region, with an overarching landscape theme that presents the North from various perspectives. Artists on show include Jill Campbell, Peter Quinn, Chloe Marquand and Paul Gallagher.
We present a selection of rare lithographs from the first six issues of 'Verve', the luxury arts journal commissioned by the critic Tériade. The publication sought to share the ideas and techniques of new French art with an upcoming generation of painters and intellectuals, presenting the work of artists like Miró, Matisse and Braque to a much wider audience. Their images were accompanied by texts written by Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and Jean-Paul Satre, to name a few, resulting in a unique and enduring celebration of art, literature and critical thinking by some of the 20th century’s most important creatives.
Barns-Graham was a pioneer of post-war British abstraction. Born in St Andrew's she studied at the Edinburgh College of Art before taking refuge at St Ives, Cornwall in 1940. There she met Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo, and her work became permanently associated with the School of St Ives where she maintained a studio until her death.