Patron: Her Majesty the Queen

Honorary Member: HRH the Prince of Wales

Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship

English Artist Designers 1922 – 1942

Based on new research and telling a story that has never been told before, this exhibition of the artist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-1942), coincides with the 75th anniversary of his death. It explores the significant relationships and working collaborations between Ravilious and an important group of friends and affiliates, including Paul and John Nash, Enid Marx, Barnett Freedman, Tirzah Garwood, Edward Bawden, Thomas Hennell, Douglas Percy Bliss, Peggy Angus, Helen Binyon, and Diana Low.

The exhibition includes many of Ravilious’ key works shown alongside both well-known and less seen works by his contemporaries, including work by each artist that has never before been exhibited publicly, and focuses chronologically on key moments when the work and careers of these artists coincided, overlapped or was particularly pertinent to the others, such as their time at the Royal College of Art, the 1927 St George’s exhibition, their time spent at Furlongs and Newhaven in Sussex, and their various roles in the Second World War.

The exhibition represents the wide range of media in which the artists worked, from watercolours to woodcuts, lithographic prints, book jackets and illustrations, patterned papers, and wallpaper and fabric design.

Exhibition runs 27 May – 17 September 2017, open 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Entry: £8, Concessions £7, Art Fund Members £4

Towner Art Gallery, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ

After 17 Sept Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship will tour to:
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield from 7 October 2017 to 7 January 2018
Compton Verney, Warwickshire from 17 March to 10 June 2018

Image shown: ‘Two Women Sitting In a Garden’, by Eric Ravilious 1903 – 1942

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