Peggy Angus: Designer, Teacher, Painter
In this large-scale exhibition, Towner will bring together the wide range of work by the influential and inspirational artist and designer Peggy Angus.
Born in 1904 in Chile, Angus moved to London with her family when she was a young child. At just 17, she won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art based on her accomplished illustrations. Fellow students included Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Barnett Freedman and Percy Horton. In 1933 Peggy moved into Furlongs, on the Sussex Downs near Lewes, and her home became a meeting place and creative hub for Ravilious, John Piper and many others, who, as well as creating their own work, were invited to contribute to the interior decoration of the house itself. Throughout her life, she was an important mentor, teacher and collaborator for a great number of artists. The exhibition will include her early illustrations, portraits and landscape paintings, and her Modernist design work with wallpapers and tiles.
A James Russell book published by Antique Collectors’ Club will coincide with the show to bring together Peggy’s design work with many paintings never published before. The richly illustrated Peggy Angus: Designer, Teacher, Painter will combine biography with a critical analysis of her work to celebrate Peggy’s remarkable life and career and bring it to the attention of a new generation.
Supported by Cate Olson and Nash Robbins
Interested in learning more about Peggy Angus and her contemporaries? Attend our Women in Print Symposium: Print as an Agent of Change 1920-1960 in association with Manchester School of Art 13 September, as part of our weekend of events to celebrate Towner becoming a Charitable Trust.
Image above: Peggy Angus installation view © Estate of Peggy Angus 2014. All Rights Reserved, DACS. Photo courtesy Alison Bettles.