Posts Tagged ‘Ditchling; Cathie Pilkington; Eric Gill’

Visited the Ditchling Museum to see the Eric Gill exhibition curated by Cathie Pilkington.  I am an admirer of the latter’s work and intrigued by the premise of the Gill exhibition as I do find his sculptures technically brilliant; does knowing the biography of Gill affect how you view the works?

Ditchling was Gill’s home from 1906 to 1924, a place of great innovation and creativity for the artist but also the village in which he sexually abused two of his teenage daughters…..Within Gill’s work, the human body is of central importance; this major exhibition asks whether knowledge of Gill’s disturbing biography affects our enjoyment and appreciation of his depiction of the human figure.

The museum and village are rather lovely and it is always great so see Cathie’s work.  The Green Welly Cafe does a mean cheese and ham toastie on granary bread with ginger chutney too.  Does it affect how you view the work?  Go and see for yourself.



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