Saturday 28 January – 15 April 2017

An exhibition of prints and drawings by the internationally famous Bardfield Artists, including original 1940s black and white sketches by Edward Bawden unseen for 20 years.

Braintree District Museum is proud to announce the opening of their new exhibition ‘Life in an English Village’ on Saturday 28 January with special guest Richard Bawden. The exhibition will feature drawings and lithographs by Edward Bawden from the King Penguin publication Life in an English Village published in 1949. The black and white sketches which have been generously lent by Bardfield Historical Society show everyday life in this North Essex village from Mr Bone’s Butcher shop to Reverend Cartwright writing a sermon and Miss Duffield’s classroom to the artist John Aldridge having a drink in The Bell public house. Edward Bawden’s illustrations are a unique and fantastic snapshot of Great Bardfield Village at a specific moment in time.

As well as Braintree born artist Edward Bawden, Great Bardfield attracted many artists who made the village their home: John Aldridge, Eric Ravilious, Michael Rothenstein, Sheila Robinson, Bernard Cheese, Kenneth Rowntree, Kate and George Chapman, Walter Hoyle, Stanley Clifford-Smith and Joan Glass, Marianne Straub, Audrey Cruddas. In the 1950s, they unusually opened up their homes to the public with several Open House exhibitions showcasing their work in a domestic setting. The exhibition will look at how they have been inspired by the surrounding landscape and depicted the local area in their different artistic styles. On display will also be the more recent work by Richard Bawden and Linda Richardson.

The exhibition will be a unique opportunity to see work from several different collections on display together from Great Bardfield Historical Society, Fry Art Gallery, Chelmsford Museum and the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery.

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Events linked to the exhibition:

SPECIAL EVENT: BOOK LAUNCH ‘GREAT BARDFIELD SHOWS BEAUTIFUL THINGS’ BY JANET DYSON with special guest Grayson Perry who lived in Great Bardfield. MONDAY 6 FEBRUARY 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Much has been written about the artists who lived in the village of Great Bardfield between 1930 and the late 1950s. The intention for this book is not to rewrite their story, but to set them in the context of the story of Great Bardfield, to explore how they were perceived by the village community and to identify their legacy for the village. Tickets: FREE –BOOKING ESSENTIAL

TEA AND TALK: BEHIND THE SCENES – THE ARTISTS OF GREAT BARDFIELD TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Art and local historian, Janet Dyson takes a look at the lives of the artists as they worked and lived in the village of Great Bardfield. Tickets: FREE with admission charge (includes refreshments) –BOOKING ESSENTIAL

TEA AND TALK: WORKING AND LIVING WITH EDWARD BAWDEN IN THE 1960’S TUESDAY 28 MARCH 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Director and designer, Peter Avery worked with Edward Bawden on four murals for Hull University and the whole edition of the print Pagoda at Kew. He lived and worked in Bawden’s home, Brick House in the village of Great Bardfield and will give a unique insight into his time with this well-known Braintree born artist. Tickets: FREE with admission charge (includes refreshments)