Sophie Kemp's "More than you might expect"
 Image credit (c) Jennifer Moyes

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.

 

"What struck me was the capacity for artists to explore and push in so many directions. While much of the sculpture deals with serious issues there is also a wonderful and palpable sense of mad play." Sigrid Kirk