‘Art and Life’ exhibition to open at Leeds Art Gallery

Caption: Ben Nicholson’s Cornish Port will form part of the ‘Art and Life’ exhibition. (Lender: Kettles Yard, University of Cambridge: Copyright: Angela Verren Taunt 2013. All rights reserved DACS.)

The work of two of the UK’s most important 20th century painters, Ben and Winifred Nicholson, will be showcased at Leeds Art Gallery from this Friday.

As part of the ‘Art and Life’ exhibition, the duos work both individually and in collaboration with friends and fellow artists Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, and the potter William Staite Murray will be on display.

Visitors will be given unique access and insight into the archive, history and work of the artists, which will include key pieces from public and private collections in the UK as well as loans from Europe.

Curated in collaboration with art historian and curator Jovan Nicholson, Winifred and Ben’s grandson, the exhibition will focus on the years of Ben and Winifred’s marriage from 1920 – 1931 and look at how their work shaped and informed the story of 20th century modern art in this country.

During its run at Leeds Art Gallery, a range of events and talks will also accompany the display. This will include the opportunity to hear from curator Jovan Nicholson who will speak at Leeds Art Gallery on 27 November from 6pm-7pm.

Talks on a number of different aspects of the display will also be held regularly every Thursday, and for families there will also be a programme of activities to take part in and enjoy.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"It really is fantastic news that the work of Ben and Winifred Nicholson will be displayed at Leeds Art Gallery as part of the ‘Art and Life’ exhibition.

"A range of interesting talks and events will also accompany this exhibition, in what promises to be a personal and intimate look at both their work and legacy."

Notes for editors:

The 'Art and Life’ exhibition opens on Friday 18 October 2013 until 12 January 2014. The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England Touring and Leeds Art Fund.

For more information on the exhibition, and details of the accompanying events and talks, please see: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/leedsartgallery/Art-and-Life.aspx

The Art and Life’ exhibition after its time in Leeds, be touring Kettle’s Yard and Dulwich Picture Gallery.

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