Designing the Everyday: from Bloomsbury and Ravilious to the present day
17 May - 31 August 2014 (free)
Collection Gallery – First Floor
In 1934, Harrods hosted an exhibition called Modern Art for the Table featuring some of the greatest names of British art including Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, Laura Knight and Duncan Grant. Yet the display was not of their paintings but tea services, vases and wine glasses.
Towner celebrates the anniversary of this exhibition with a display of original objects from the Harrods exhibition, an examination of Ravilious at Wedgwood and a wider survey of artists working in British industry during the 20th century. The exhibition draws from the Towner’s extensive collection with rarely seen loans from private and public collections.
Designing the Everyday explores the work of the Omega Workshop, Shell and Ascher studios as well as the contemporary designs for the home by Angie Lewin, Mark Hearld and the company St. Jude’s.
Two talks are programmed to accompany this exhibition: