As part of Rye Arts Festival our second 'In Conversation' event was a four-way discussion. The participants were artists David Lock, who had curated and contributed to the exhibition 'Burra and Friends', and John Wiltshire who was the featured artist of 'B is for Burra', along with Dr Dairmuid Hester from Cambridge University and art historian Louise Simkiss.
There was a look-back at the social context for Burra as a gay artist with health disabilities compared with contemporary artists' contexts and viewpoints, plus John's experience of making art in response to our Burra Archive.
The audience was hugely appreciative and enjoyed the chance to ask questions and participate after the discussion.
L-R: John, Louise, Dairmuid and David
Louis is pictured chatting with Dr Julian Day, the Gallery's Director. This event was part of our programme during the Rye Arts Festival.
The audience was surrounded by the artist's exhibition 'Gardens - Landscapes' as they listened to a generous sharing of his development as a painter and the way in which he approaches each work.
Louis lives in Rye but has a national reputation with collectors across the country.
Edward Burra family member Frances in front of 'Mixed Flowers' loaned by the family for the exhibitions.
This large watercolour shows a dazzling array of blooms, rare for Burra, We are thrilled to be able to show it again.
Frances is standing in front of a display containing archival ephemora from Burra's studio, a focus of recent visual research by painter John Wiltshire who has been in residence at the Gallery.
Gallery Director, Dr Julian Day and Senior Staff member, Jason McEwan-McGhie chatting with guests at the Private View of the two exhibitions.
Six gallery rooms were open and guests enjoyed these important and unusual exhibitions and chatting with friends over a glass of wine.
We were delighted to have many of the exhibiting artists with us.
Our cabinets contain both precious silver, platinum and gold items from a variety of makers, but also quirky, unusual and colourful one-offs designed and made by our artists.
You won't find others wearing the same thing!
This small shelf contains unique pieces by Veronique Pullen, all at affordable prices.
John has been spending a day per week at the Gallery to examine our Edward Burra Archive and to draw and paint in response to his findings.
The Archive is a mix of letters, photos, catalogues and also a cache of studio ephemera loaned by his family - sketches, paintboxes, brushes, colour tests on the backs of envelopes, ornaments, toy figures, this and that from Burra's studio.
The connection with John was sealed when an ancient dead bee was discovered in Burra's water pot. We have been showing work by John including Bee paintings for several years now!
He is a distinguished artist regularly showing at the RI, the RWS and the RA in London as well as across Kent, Sussex, Norfolk and Cambridge.
Our springtime Online Auction raised funds towards the conservation of our precious Permanent Collection and our ancient buildings.
The auction raised a total of over £9,000. Thanks to all artists, donors and bidders for this wonderful result.
The image shows the beautiful ceramic donated by local master potter James Fuggle - 'Eastern Promise' - which is going home to a lucky purchaser.