Exhibition news! From An Artist’s Eye.

Please watch this short video for all you need to know about our forthcoming events.

 

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Through An Artist’s Eye: Felicia Browne and the Spanish Civil War – Events news!

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Studio shot by Philip King 2016

We’re nearing the finish line on the Artist’s Eye project. We’re delighted to announce that our free exhibition booklet will be available at all our events.

September 30th will see our  project LAUNCH  at the iconic Marx Memorial Library. An event rich in symbolism to open our tribute to Felicia Browne.

Programme: Welcome – Spanish wine & tentempié / Host – MML Archivist, Meirian Jump/ Origins of the project – Sonia Boué/ Talk – Prof Tom Buchanan (of Oxford University)/ Premier of our project film/ Short poetry reading – Jenny Rivarola

This will be followed by a introductory evening on October 6th at All Saints Kingston on Thames, i.e. TASTER EVENT  For local audiences and the wider public to learn more about the exhibition.

Programme: Welcome – Spanish wine  / Host – Historian, Liz Woolley – who will be in conversation with Prof Tom Buchanan (of Oxford University)/ Project film/ Short poetry reading – Jenny Rivarola/ Conclusion and thanks – Curator, Sarah Mossop

MAIN EVENT

Exhibition opens, October 8th, 12-2pm in All Saints Esher – PRIVATE VIEW – including refreshments and video installation.

The opportunity to see all works in situ – including 17 previously unseen drawings by Felicia Browne – and to meet artist and poet, Sonia Boué & Jenny Rivarola. 

 FREE ART & POETRY Workshops can be booked here.

All events are free but booking is especially recommended for the launch and for workshops as places are limited.

Our gratitude to Instituto Cervantes for hospitality.

A chance to view unseen works by Felicia Browne!

 

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Felicia Browne 1904- 1936, Sketch of a nude figure seen from behind [c.1928]
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Through An artist’s Eye – a creative homage to British artist – Felicia Browne, is drawing to a heady conclusion at the end of the month and in the early days of October!

As the preparations continue, we have some exciting news about the supporting material for our exhibition in Esher, which incidentally is barely 5 minutes down the road from Hampton Court. Do check the link for all our events.

Felicia Browne’s drawings and letters, some of which are held in an archive at Tate Britain,   were bequeathed to and carefully kept by her friend and fellow artist Elizabeth Watson. Subsequently they were inherited by Elizabeth’s three children, Felicia, Lin and Jim, the latter of whom – along with his wife Deborah – have been working with us to present these previously unseen examples of Felicia’s drawings.

We’re thrilled to announce that there will be 17 reproductions of unseen works on show, to support our narrative framework of the 7 key stages in Felicia’s life, leading up to her untimely death in Spain.

We will also be showing works from the Tate Britain archive together with Felicia’s Spanish Civil War sketches from her posthumous exhibition booklet , published by Lawrence and Wishart (1936).

We’re not able to share examples of the unseen works online – so come along and view! Don’t miss out!

 

Felicia Browne: the only known British woman to die in the Spanish civil war, new article by Fisun Guner.

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“A sketchbook, retrieved from her possessions, was filled with drawings of her fellow fighters: these stoic men and women have been captured in Browne’s lyrical, romantic modernist style.” Fisun Guner.

Read more about  Felicia Browne in this great article Felicia Browne: the only known British woman to die in the Spanish civil war by Fisun Guner.

 

Felicia Browne on Woman’s Hour!

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It’s been quite a start to the week for the Artist’s Eye project. An opportunity to appear live on Woman’s Hour on a short segment about Felicia Browne, and a lovely gallery on the Woman’s Hour website, which showcases both Felicia’s work and Sonia Boué’s responses.

You can see the gallery HERE.

The podcast for download is HERE. (our segment begins at 33.40 mins)

You can listen Here. (our segment begins on the podcast for the 18th July at 33.40 mins)

Sonia was joined on Woman’s Hour by Pauline Fraser trustee of the International Memorial Brigade Trust.

Drafts & Sketches: progress in our responses to Felicia Browne

We are very excited to be trying out ideas in a small scale process exhibition at the Magdalen Rd Studios. This is part of our promise to the Arts Council. The aim is to receive feedback on our progress both from our peers and the public, and to develop our audiences.

In the two days it has taken to install the work we’ve already had some wonderful conversations with studio artists. It has also been a delight to work with our curator Sarah Mossop, whose input has inspired us to dig deeper on the detail of the presentation of the work.

There is a new piece on show, which relates to the border of memory. In the final show we work with the border as a geographical reality. In this piece (the assemblage piece shown below) I work with childhood association and attempt to intermingle Felicia’s infancy wth my own.

 

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Six Sketches & the Spanish Civil War

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Thames Ditton/Weston Green – beginnings.
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Berlin – the shadow of Nazism
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London – Scullion with the Red Wedge
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Paris – wandering savagely. Lion of Belfort.
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Barcelona (soldados de chupete)
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Tardienta – the bridge

This will be a brief visual blog. Our creative work has begun, and I’ve been busy in the studio on a series of six painted sketches, which have taken me by surprise. I’ve been wholly mesmerised by Felicia Browne’s visual journaling (as I call it) and thought to respond to her sketches by abstracting her line rather than working figuratively – as I am an abstract artist myself. However, Felicia has had a profound influence on me, and in my conversation with her work, mine has become altered. Our styles have combined to create a series of images, which plot her political trajectory, which we know is what led her to Spain, during that fateful July of 1936.

I don’t know yet if this development will continue in the seven larger works which will form my contribution to the our final exhibition. These six smaller paintings are process works to be shown for peer evaluation at my studios.

Each image borrows from Felicia’s sketchbooks, and from her letters – but there is also a personal take. My collaborator, Jenny Rivarola and myself, both had fathers in the Republican army, Jenny’s father was a “soldado de chupete” (the so called soldiers with a dummies – due to their young age) and my father was a journalist with a tank regiment.

I will be adding a seventh painting to “describe” the border between France and Spain – the snaking pressure point for the Retirada of 1939, but also the entry point for Felicia and her travelling companion Edith Bone, in 1936.