The 2021 Summer Show was inspired by the possibility of a new exuberant era for the arts. Drawing a parallel between the 1920s and 2020s, our guest curator, Sigrid Kirk, looked to the years following World War I and the 1918 flu pandemic as inspiration for a manic flight into sociability.
The Roaring Twenties were marked by social, artistic and cultural dynamism. There was a sense of novelty and a break with tradition where everything seemed possible. Artists, poets and writers adopted an increasingly experimental and innovative approach to their work leading to significant movements such as Dada, Surrealism, Expressionism and Art Deco. Members were invited to showcase something of this ‘joie de vivre’ in their work to see what possibilities might arise.
On the sculpture terrace, Sophie Kemp's “More Than You Might Expect” was inspired by iced gem biscuits and acted as an invitation to feel playful. The young sculptor and Royal College of Art 2020 graduate likes to use “bright, shonky, hand-made materials” and her large-scale works combine a sense of humour and the absurd. We are grateful to Sigrid Kirk for generously commissioning Kemp’s work.
Madi Acharya-Baskerville, Simon Allison, Nicola Anthony, Helen Barff, Lucy Barlow, Mark Beattie, Maurice Blik, Lise Bouissière, Clare Burnett, John Clark, David Cooper, Dido Crosby, Lynn Dennison, Chris Dunseath, Emma Elliott, Nicole Farhi, Jill Gibson, Cheryl Gould, Camilla Hanney, Alexandra Harley, Neil Hedger, Joseph Hillier, Steve Hines, Linda Hubbard, Dilys Jackson, Andrew Kearney, Clare Kenny, Millie Laing-Tate, Sandra Lane, Hywel Livingstone, Briony Marshall, Melissa Murray, Christy Symington, Almuth Tebbenhoff, Sarah Villeneau, Sheila Vollmer, Poppy Whatmore, Emma Woffenden.