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Exhibition Detail
British Folk Art
London SW1P 4RG
United Kingdom

June 10th, 2014 - August 31st, 2014
June 20th, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Heart Pincushion, Artist unknownArtist unknown, Heart Pincushion
© Courtesy of Beamish Museum / Photo: Tate Photography
Goose Woman, George SmartGeorge Smart, Goose Woman, c.1840
© Image courtesy Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
 The Blue Ship , Alfred WallisAlfred Wallis, The Blue Ship , c. 1934
© Courtesy of Tate
Bone cockerel, UnknownUnknown, Bone cockerel,
230 x 120 x 230 mm
© Vivacity Culture and Leisure – Peterborough Museum
 Sun trade sign (detail)  , UnknownUnknown, Sun trade sign (detail) ,
from about 1720, The sign formerly hung outside the premises of Gorton and Sons, veterinary chemists located at 146 High Street, Whitechapel
© Museum of London
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london bridge, southbank
44 20 78878000
Sat-Thu 10-6; Fri 10-10
Adult £14.50 (without donation £13.10) Concession £12.50 (without donation £11.30)

Discover the extraordinary and surprising works of some of Britain’s unsung artists in the first major exhibition of British folk art.

Steeped in tradition and often created by self-taught artists and artisans, the often humble but always remarkable objects in this exhibition include everything from ships’ figureheads to quirky shop signs, Toby jugs to elaborately crafted quilts.

You will find an intricate sculpture of a cockerel, made out of mutton bones by French POWs during the Napoleonic wars. There is a larger-than-life-size figure of King Alfred made out of thatch. There are examples of the mysterious ‘god in a bottle’ – votive offerings suspended in bottles of clear liquid – as well as naïve paintings, tin trays covered with ornate fragments of crockery and much more besides. The show exemplifies the energy, variety and idiosyncracy of British Folk Art.

Folk art has often been neglected in the story of British art: by uncovering this treasure trove of folk art objects, this exhibition asks why.

The British Folk Art exhibition will be touring to Compton Verney from 27 September 2014 to 14 December 2014 as part of Compton Verney’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

The exhibition is curated by Martin Myrone, Curator, Tate Britain, Clare Barlow, Assistant Curator, Tate Britain and artist Jeff McMillan.

Private view

Friday 20 June 2014, 18.30 – 20.30

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