The London Group: 111 NOT OUT
Quay Arts, Isle of Wight, March 2nd – April 27th, 2024
Prestigious contemporary art group exhibit on the Isle of Wight for the first time…
Image: Lisa Traxler, HOLD, acrylic on poplar plywood
‘The history of The London Group is the history of British Modern Art.’ Chris Stevens, Senior Curator, Tate Britain.
‘A vital strand of artistic diversity and free-thinking in an art-world increasingly dominated by market forces and curatorial conformity.’ Nicholas Usherwood, Features Editor, Galleries Magazine.
Quay Arts is pleased to present a new exhibition celebrating the 110th anniversary of The London Group’s inaugural exhibition at London’s Goupil Gallery (March 1914) by reaching back across time to connect with the original 32 founding members.
Participating members from the current London Group were invited to select a founding member to draw inspiration from and respond to. Each of the exhibited works is accompanied by an explanatory text, and images linked to the commended founder, accessed via QR codes.
111 Not Out is a creative discourse between present and past London Group members that provides insight into the life, practice and influence of the group founders upon the current collective. The past feeding the future, manifested through the presented works.
The London Group was set up in October 1913 by thirty-two artists including Harold Gilman, Robert Bevan, Henri GaudierBrzeska, Jacob Epstein, Duncan Grant, Sylvia Gosse, Wyndham Lewis, Lucien Pissarro, Ethel Sands and Walter Sickert, with the aim of creating a powerful artist-run group to act as a progressive counter-balance to institutions such as the Royal Academy. The founding group created a unique and sustainable organisation, that has gone on to successfully nurture the careers of many of Britain’s best-known artists.
The London Group is a thriving democratic artists’ collective practicing in all disciplines, from painting and sculpture to moving image, digital and performance, with a full annual events programme in London and beyond.
The Group’s written constitution requires it to advance public awareness of contemporary visual art by holding exhibitions annually. Operating in the interstices of existant art institutions, the Group’s focus today is on self-generated exhibitions. Curated and managed by its artist members, these events aim to offer a serious and alternative perspective to contemporary visual arts in Britain.
111 Not Out will include paintings, prints, drawings, photography, film/video, digital and sculpture and related events.
- Exhibition duration: March 2nd – April 27th
- Launch event: 2-4pm March 2nd
- Held in the West Gallery at Quay Arts
- FREE entry For further information please contact the Arts Team email@example.com
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