‘Print REbels: Haden, Palmer, Whistler & the Origins of the RE’, School of Art Gallery, 18 February – 3 May 2019

PrintREbelsPoster_webIn the Spring of 2018, the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (the RE) marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of the founder and its first President Sir Francis Seymour Haden, with Print REbels an exhibition which reflects on its past and present members, the history, and the legacy of the Society. The exhibition brings together a prestigious collection of prints by Haden and those who inspired him such as Rembrandt and Dürer and his contemporaries, including Samuel Palmer and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

The central narrative of Print REbels is the legacy of Haden and successive RE Presidents. Haden founded the Society of Painter-Etchers in 1880 which gained Royal status in 1888. His tireless campaigning to promote original, creative works in the medium of etching ultimately made him a revered establishment figure, earning him a knighthood in 1893.

Print REbels is the brainchild of Edward Twohig ARE, printmaker, collector, and Head of Art at Marlborough College. Twohig recognized the fact that printmakers such as Haden, Whistler and Palmer were rebelling against the prevailing notion in the mid-Victorian art world and in institutions such as the Royal Academy, that printmaking was merely a means of reproducing paintings and not a creative medium in its own right. Their work paved the way for the Etching Revival in Britain for the next 75 years.

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The Sleeping Shepherd, Samuel Palmer, 1857, etching

Part of this exhibition includes the Print REbels Portfolio which comprises new works by current RE Members, made specifically in response to the Society’s heritage. Twenty-five of these works have been selected by Jenny Ramkalawon, Assistant Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum for a Print REbels boxset.

A large, fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. RE Members Anne Desmet and Joe Winkelman have compiled a detailed timeline of Sir Francis Seymour Haden’s life and its intertwining with the development of the RE. The catalogue features essays on Haden and his legacy by Elizabeth Harvey-Lee (Hon RE) and on the RE and 20th century printmaking by Aberystwyth University School of Art’s own Professor Robert Meyrick (Hon RE).

Pre-19th, 19th and 20th Century artists include: Seymour Haden, Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt, JMW Turner, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Samuel Palmer, James Tissot, Claire Leighton, Paul Cezanne, Georges Braque and William Russell Flint.

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Sunset in Ireland, Sir Francis Seymour Haden, 1863, drypoint

‘Chwarae Teg/Fair Play’ – 100 Years of Women in Ceramics, Ceramic Gallery, Arts Centre, 20/10/2018 – 13/01/2019

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Porcelain bowl by Lucie Rie

An exhibition celebrating the past 100 years of women making ceramics, featuring work from Aberystwyth University’s Ceramic Collection. Please check the Arts Centre diary or www.ceramics-aberystwyth.com for notifications of talks and events.

 

‘Travelling Through: Landscapes/Landmarks/Legacies’, School of Art Gallery, 12/10/2018 – 8/2/2019

‘Platform Two’, Steve Whitehead, 1985, oil and alkyd on canvas

Drawn from the School of Art’s extensive collection, Travelling Through traverses five centuries of visual culture ranging from sublime and picturesque landscapes to nineteenth-century travel photographs, twentieth-century London Underground posters and contemporary responses to our environment in a variety of media.

The exhibition, curated by Dr Harry Heuser, explores relationships between tourism and landscape art, between the consumption of signposted sights and the production of personal insights, between the fleeting experience of our journeys and the carbon footprint we leave behind.

 

 

‘DISCOURSE: Reynolds to Rego (250 years of prints by Royal Academicians, from the School of Art Collections)’, exhibition at the School of Art Gallery, 11/6 – 28/9/2018 

Open: 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday

Marking both the centenary of the teaching of art at Aberystwyth University and 250 years of the Royal Academy of Arts, this exhibition of prints by and after Royal Academicians sheds light on the evolving role of print practice as a means of reproduction, communication and creative expression. It examines changes in attitude towards printmaking over two hundred years, from founding president Sir Joshua Reynolds’ discourses on art as the product of the mind ‘not the industry of the hands’ to contemporary conversations with the language of print. ‘What is a well-chosen collection of pictures,’ Reynolds mused, ‘but walls hung round with thoughts?’

This ‘well-chosen collection of pictures’ presents works by 100 Academicians represented in the School of Art Museum collections including prints by or after Joshua Reynolds, Henry Fuseli, J. M. W. Turner, John Everett Millais, Edward Burne-Jones, Frederic Lord Leighton, Augustus John, Laura Knight, Eduardo Paolozzi, Allen Jones, David Hockney, Paula Rego, Eileen Cooper and Anne Desmet.