It was discovering this excellent title Revelation to Revolution when visiting Pallant House Gallery in Chichester last summer to see their Christopher Wood exhibition that created the germ of an idea for what has become this Summer’s Pastoral Art show. I think what particularly fascinated me was discovering how interconnected several of my creative heroes were, all associated to a greater or lesser extent with Goldsmiths College in the 1920s. I am delighted that Jolyon is able to join us on Saturday 6th May to speak and do a book signing.
This led to my approaching Paul Whitfield, Christopher’s son, to see if we could impose on him to talk about his father, for whom in another coincidence of timing, 2017 marks the 5oth anniversary of his passing. Paul’s 2012 publication of his father’s very interesting and evocative diaries is shown below and will be available for purchase at the show.
This Chipping Campden connection suggested our also featuring in the show, the former Ashbee Guildsman and Sculptor Alec Miller, whose long career was celebrated in Graham Peel’s recently published magnum opus available at his talk on 13th May.
Miller’s name also came up in a conversation with an Archive Collection visitor last year, whose family were at one time associated with the Ashbee Guild, and we hope to have on loan two sculptural maquettes in their personal collection.