Thursday, 23 February 2012

"the best tools, the best methods, the best aims"

"It is admittedly a time of experiment. We have to rediscover the best way of doing things - the best tools, the best methods, the best aims." Eric Gill, 1927
This exhibition celebrates the very generous donation by the Society of Wood Engravers (SWE) of their archive to the Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections. The archive includes material from the Society's foundation in 1920 and traces its development up to the present day.

16th January 2012 - 23rd March 2012

MMU Special Collections Gallery,
3rd Floor,
Sir Kenneth Green Library

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

From Teesside Steel to Rural Yorkshire: The Art of Viva Talbot

2 - 30 March.
This exhibition has been developed by Dr Joan Heggie, who has been researching the artist's life for several years and is currently compiling a catalogue of Talbot's work.
Included in this exhibition are the 'Steel Making' prints, probably created in the late 1930s or early 1940s, which illustrate in incredible detail the various process required to make steel.
Other prints reflect Talbot's passion for travel during the 1920s and 30s across Europe and to the West Indies, using the woodblock print as the medium for recording many of the sights she saw when abroad.
Viva Talbot's childhood and marital homes were in Yorkshire and some of the prints on display are of rural scenes and townscapes from around the county she loved.
Viva Talbot (1900-1983) created hundreds of woodblock prints during her lifetime, including the Steel Making series, but is not recognised within the reference books of 20th century British printmakers.
The exhibition will be held in Constantine Gallery, Middlesbrough Tower  full details here:
A public lecture about Viva Talbot will also be given by Dr Heggie on 19 March.
Details can be found on the University of Teeside website

Friday, 3 February 2012

Bewick's Memoir, Chapter One


from an audio recording of Bewick’s Memoir by Bob Browell.

Bewick wrote his Memoir at the age of seventy-five so that his children, and especially his daughter Jane, should come to know more of their family history.
 Bob Browell (1928-2009) was latterly a volunteer at Cherryburn, a lecturer on Thomas Bewick and a talented artist. You can read about his life and times here
This is the first of eleven passages read from the Memoir which appeared on a cassette tape in the late 1980s.

Chapter_One,_Bewick_at_Tynemouth.mp3 Listen on Posterous