Scottish and St Ives-based artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, CBE (1912-2004) was a pivotal figure in the famous St Ives School and her collection allows us to chart the friendships and the often symbiotic professional relationships that abounded across disciplines during this important moment in British art history. Artists and makers in the collection include: Terry Frost; Barbara Hepworth; Patrick Heron; Roger & Rose Hilton; Bernard & Janet Leach; Denis Mitchell; Ben & Kate Nicholson; Breon O’Casey; Alfred Wallis and Bryan Wynter.
Charlotte Riordan, Lyon & Turnbull's Head of Contemporary & Post-War Art, commented:
“The St Ives School was a diverse, important and exciting moment. Barns-Graham’s collection is a special insight into who, what, where, and why this was the case. It also contextualises Barns-Graham herself as a significant figure in this history.”
In 1987 Barns-Graham established a charitable Trust that aims, through exhibitions, publications, online resources and an active gifting programme to public museums and galleries, to promote and broaden the understanding and reputation of her work to as wide an audience as possible as well supporting new generations of artists in their work and education.
Since 2006, the WBGT has donated over £1,000,000 through grants to support artists, awards, travel bursaries, PHD students, educational projects, exhibition sponsorship and through gifting artworks by Barns-Graham to museums and galleries across the UK. Supporting artists’ development, summer schools in Fife and St Ives and a significant contribution to Tate St Ives’ re-opening education programme have been aimed at the younger generation, while bursaries in higher education support travel abroad and provide financial assistance to enable students to complete their studies successfully. Working closely with the Royal Scottish Academy and Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, WBGT supports residencies for more established artists, encouraging career development and new ways of thinking and working.
“Funds raised from this sale will allow the Trust to extend this ambitious financial support for artists and art education, which was so central to Barns-Graham’s wishes for the Trust and who need support now more than ever as we emerge from the devastating impact of Covid-19. It will also enable us to increase the accessibility to both the art and archive collections through conservation, publications, exhibitions and web-based resources.”
- Rob Airey, Director of the WBGT
Highlights from the collection and the Trust’s archive will be on view in our Glasgow gallery at Bath Street from 27 September to 01 October before heading to London for the full exhibition at The Mall Galleries on 27-28 October.
The Mall Galleries, London | 27 & 28 October 2021
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Philip Smith | London
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Charlotte Riordan | Edinburgh
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The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Collection will be shown alongside our Autumn edition of our bi-annual MODERN MADE auction at The Mall Galleries in London. MODERN MADE will take place on Friday 29 October featuring a carefully curated selection of Modern British Art & Studio Ceramics.