Being British - Going Modern

A golden age of British Art in the mid 20th Century. We explore the work of artist/designers Edward Bawden (1903 – 1989), Eric Ravilious (1903 – 1942) and their contemporaries from the artistic enclave of Great Bardfield in Essex from 1918 – 1951. Inspired by Britain’s rich landscape tradition they produced fresh, modern designs for posters, ceramics and wallpapers and beautiful watercolours and images of everyday life.

Tutor: Jo Walton BA Dip History of Art (Oxon)

Venue: Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA

Time: Lectures will begin at 10.30am and end at 3.30pm.

Cost: £25 per study day or £70 for all three study days (including coffee and biscuits).

Contact: Marion Hill, 01491 826018 or email

Booking: Please download the Booking Form and return to Marion Hill

Study Day 1 - Inspired by Landscape

Date: Friday, 21 February 2014

In the early 1920s a remarkable group of young artists entered London’s art schools including Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious who were taught by the war artist Paul Nash. In all colleges the importance of drawing was fundamental to their training. Bawden became a teacher and a much admired graphic artist reviving with his contemporaries the skills of wood engraving, lino printing and lithography.

Study Day 2 - Recording The War

Date: Friday, 28 March 2014

As war loomed portraying the British landscape became an important propaganda tool. The ‘Recording Britain’ project (1939-43) commissioned from artists a series of topographical watercolour drawings of endangered buildings and places of national interest.

The work of Eric Ravilious is considered in detail as well as talented women artists Tirzah Garwood, Winifred Nicholson and Evelyn Dunbar.

Study Day 3 - Designing The Future

Date: Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The post war rebuilding of Britain gave artists the opportunity to reshape graphic design, fabric and wallpaper designs. Showcased at the 1951 Festival of Britain, in a time of austerity, architects, artists and craftsmen produced a whole new approach to space, colour and design – a legacy that still influences us today.

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