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TALK: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Inspirational Journeys.

Saturday 16th March 2019,
12noon, Club Room
Members: free | Guests: £5.00
Talk by Rob Airey

The extended series of works that emerged from Barns-Graham’s visit to Switzerland’s Grindelwald Glacier in 1949 would establish her reputation as one of the most inventive painters in the country, with both the Arts Council and British Council acquiring ‘Glacier’ works in 1950. This was the first of a sequence of journeys around Europe which punctuated her career and which between 1953-1993 took in Tuscany, Sicily, Spain, Ibiza, Orkney and Lanzarote, providing fresh and reinvigorating inspiration to her development as an artist. In a richly illustrated talk Rob Airey will examine how these ‘Inspirational Journeys’ impacted on her development as an artist.

Rob’s early professional career was focused on collections management, working first at the Government Art Collection and then as a Registrar at the Tate Gallery and the Henry Moore Foundation. His interest in Barns-Graham and the St Ives artists was cemented by a move to Cornwall in 2003 where he became Exhibitions Officer at Truro’s Royal Cornwall Museum. In 2007 Rob was appointed Keeper of Art at Newcastle University’s Hatton Gallery, where he curated important exhibitions such as Artist Rooms: Ed Ruscha and Basic Design: A Revolution in Art Education. In 2017 he was chosen to be the first Director of the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust following its move to new premises in Edinburgh.