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The London Group: Artist Talk

Sat 20 April Sat 20 April

April 20th 2024Art Talk starts at 2pm

The History of the London Group

An illustrated talk by Tim Craven

This talk will examine the origins and significance of The London Group’s forerunner, The Camden Town Group, as a foil to the orthodoxy of The Royal Academy and New English Art Club. It will consider how the transition and change of name came about in 1913 before illustrating the various phases and fortunes of the group through the decades of the 20th century to the present, including its finest hour during World War 1 and the nadir of the 1970s.

As most of Britain’s best-known progressive artists either exhibited with or became members of The London Group, often when young and emerging, the talk is also a survey of successive modern art movements that parallel historic, national and global events.

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 talk will conclude with a chronicle of more recent developments such as the centenary celebrations and a summary of how the group conducts itself today.

This talk will be approx. 1 hour long and there will be time for any questions afterwards. As well as a chance to view the London Group’s 111 Not Out exhibition currently on display in our West Gallery.

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Above image: The London Group’s first exhibition catalogue from 1914.

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Above image: The London Groups Centenary exhibition catalogue from 2013.

Limited seating available – book now to secure your seat!

For more information about the current London Group: 111 Not Out exhibition, click here.

To find out more about the London Group, please visit their website below:

The London Group

Free entry for students

This talk is aimed towards 16+



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