The opening day of our next show, 19th May 2018, will mark the 30th anniversary to the day of the passing of Robin Tanner in 1988. Previous visitors to the Winchcombe Archive Collection at Long Room Gallery will be aware of the pastoral revival amongst young British artists of the 1920s largely inspired by the output of the 19th century romantic artist Samuel Palmer who became very much in vogue that decade.
At the core of these neo-pastoralists were a group who trained at or were associated with Goldsmiths College London. Probably the best known were Graham Sutherland and Paul Drury although Tanner, nicknamed country Robin by his friends, was very much part of this circle. Tanner was a teacher etcher at Goldsmiths and attended etching evening classes there run by the etcher Stanley Anderson. The Chipping Campden based artist and book illustrator FL Griggs was also a strong technical and thematic influence on that Goldsmiths group.
So there will be a strong art theme to our May/June 2018 Tanner retrospective and we will be showing prints by William Blake, Samuel Palmer and Edward Calvert to place in context a related selection of the output of Robin. A proportion of exhibits will also be for sale.
The show will also have as a focus, the arts and crafts haven that was the Tanner’s Wiltshire marital home, Old Chapel Field. Lastly there will be themed displays reflecting their mutual interest in children’s art, rural crafts and horticulture.