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Best Days Out Cornwall

When: 16 March 2023 - 16 March 2023
Where: Tate St Ives

Talk at Tate St Ives: Michael Bird – How Artists Made Twentieth-Century Britain

Posted in Events by Lauren Webb on 3rd March 2023

Join author and art historian Michael Bird to rediscover the stories of how the lives of British artists, from the late-nineteenth century to the present day, reflected and refracted the profound changes and historical events in the wider world. 

In this illuminating talk inspired by his new book This is Tomorrow: Twentieth-century Britain and its Artists, Michael Bird invites you to take a fresh look at the ‘long twentieth century’, from the closing years of Queen Victoria’s reign to the turn of the millennium, through the lens of the artists who lived and worked in this ever-changing Britain. 

You’ll meet James McNeill Whistler, embroiled in the culture wars of the late Victorian age. At the opposite end of the century, the stories of Gwen John, Pauline Boty and Mary Kelly bring to life the progress of the women’s movement. The formative effects of wartime dislocation and global migration on the making of modern Britain are explored through the experiences of artists including David Bomberg, Frank Auerbach, Magda Cordell and Frank Bowling. 

During the event, the café will be open for refreshments. 

16 March 2023 at 6.30pm–8.30pm

£8 / £6 for Tate Members 

Book tickets: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-st-ives/how-artists-made-twentieth-century-britain