This autumn sees the opening of a unique exhibition at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery celebrating seasonal changes portrayed by British artists over the last 100 years. The seasonal cycle is a source of inspiration for artists, writers and musicians. However, in recent times our urban and digitally-focused society has become remote from the natural rhythms of the year. At a time when nature is threatened by climate change, pollution and development this exhibition serves as a timely reminder of the joy of nature's cycle.
Curator Steve Marshall says “We hope that seeing the character of each season filtered through the imaginations of these wonderful artists will inspire our visitors to make their own connection with the natural rhythms of the countryside and appreciate the small wonders of the turning year. ”
Drawn from private and public collections including Tate, British Council and the Government Art Collection the exhibition explores changes in the landscape, plants that leaf, flower and fruit at particular times, wildlife that is prominent in different seasons, customs and folklore, the farming calendar, weather and gardens. It also touches on the way changes in farming practices, urban development and climate change are affecting how we experience seasonality today.
Artists featured include John Nash, Eric Ravilious, Clare Leighton, Gertrude Hermes, Graham Sutherland, Alan Reynolds, Laura Knight, Duncan Grant, Charles Tunnicliffe, John Minton, Kurt Jackson, Keith Grant, Carry Akroyd, Annie Ovenden and James Lynch.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue written by curators Steve Marshall and Gill Clarke, published by Sansom & Company and generously sponsored by Stuart Southall.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm