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Art for All: British socially committed art, from the 1930s to the Cold War, with Christine Lindey

Wednesday, 6th March, 2019    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop*
14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH

Art historian Christine Lindey presents an illustrated talk on socially committed art, based on the life and work of thirty British artists active between the Depression years and the 1960s.

Many of the artists were engaged with groups like the Artists International Association or the Communist Party Arts Group.  She looks at their work, their subjects, their economic survival as artists and their patrons.  Artists include well known painters such as Josef Herman, Ruskin Spear and Eva Frankfurther whereas others have been quietly forgotten. Their work includes socialist realism, modernist art and wartime propaganda art.

Eva Frankfurther – Afro-Caribbean Waitresses c. 1955

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Ruskin Spear –  Workers Returning from Nightshift, 1942

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Tickets: £4 (students £2) including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk. The book Art for All will be available at a discount on the night.

Part of the talk will include reference to the many German-Jewish emigre artists as part of our contribution to the Insiders/Outsiders national year long celebration of the contribution of German-Jewish emigres to British life and culture.