Sunday, 29 November 2015

Lee Miller: A Woman's War at the Imperial War Museum London

Lee Miller:  A Woman’s War 
IWM London
15 October 2015 – 24 April 2016 
Sponsored by Barclays

IWM London presents Lee Miller: A Woman’s War, a new major exhibition of 150 photographs depicting women’s experience of the Second World War by acclaimed photographer Lee Miller. Lee Miller: A Woman’s War is sponsored by Barclays and produced in collaboration with the Lee Miller Archives.

2015 marks 70 years since the end of the Second World War. When war broke out in 1939, women embarked on a continuous process of change and adaptation.  For some, including Miller herself, the war brought a form of emancipation and personal fulfillment, but its many privations caused widespread suffering.  Miller’s photography of women in Britain and Europe during this period reflects her unique insight as a woman and as a photographer capable of merging the worlds of art, fashion and photojournalism in a single image.  

Lee Miller:  A Woman’s War will trace Miller’s remarkable career as a photographer for Vogue Magazine and for the first time will address her vision of gender. Miller was one of only four female professional photographers to be accredited as US official war correspondents during the Second World War. Recognised today as one of the most important female war photographers of the twentieth century, through her work Miller offers an intriguing insight into the impact of conflict on women’s lives, detailing their diverse experiences and her own world view.

Comprising four parts, this exhibition will document Miller’s evolving vision of women and their lives as she travelled between countries before, during and in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War.  

Women before the Second World War considers the origins of Miller’s wartime vision of women and her evolution as a photographer in the years preceding the Second World War; drawing on early life experiences, such as childhood trauma, her brief career as a fashion model, her involvement in the Surrealist art movement, the influence of early mentors such as Man Ray, and her two marriages.

Women in Wartime Britain explains how Miller, in her new role as photographer for British Vogue, documented the gradual but inexorable transformation of women’s lives in wartime Britain between 1939 and 1944. Illustrating how wartime privation and suffering was offset, in some cases, by enhanced opportunities outside the home.    

Women in Wartime Europe examines Miller’s coverage of the impact of war on women in Europe as a US official war correspondent for Voguemagazine, 1944 – 1945, highlighting the diverse and distinctive nature of women’s experience of liberation, defeat and military occupation. Here the exhibition considers the emotional and physical toll of war on women, including Miller herself, reflecting too on the capacity of war in the front line to temporarily dissolve established divisions between the sexes. 

Women after the Second World War focuses on Lee Miller’s coverage of women in Denmark, Austria, Hungary and Romania in the immediate aftermath of war, contemplating the lasting legacy of war, the difficult process of recovery from wartime experiences and the adjustment to post-war changes.  

‘Miller’s most important legacy is without doubt her photography of the Second World War.’
Hilary Roberts, Research Curator of Photography, IWM. 

Alongside Miller’s striking photographs, many of which are on public display for the first timeartworks, costume, objects, documents and ephemera will contribute to this fascinating and rarely told story. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a major illustrated book, Lee Miller: A Woman's War by the exhibition's curator Hilary Roberts and features an introduction by Antony Penrose, Lee Miller's son. Miller's photographs, many previously unpublished, are accompanied by extended captions that place the images in the context of women's roles within the landscape of war. Lee Miller: A Woman's War is published by Thames & Hudson on 5 October 2015.  

Tickets available now at : Adult £10, Child £5, Concessions £7, Members Free, Art Fund 
Members £5

Sunday, 9 September 2012


Prepare to be inspired...




The PURE Autumn Art Fair will open its doors to the public on Friday the 14th September 2012, and will again be a showcase for some of the very best Contemporary Fine Art currently being produced by both established and emerging artists in London and the South East. 

Organised by Pure Arts Group, this showcase for Contemporary Fine Art is an established and much anticipated part of the South East arts calendar, taking place annually during the Coastal Currents Arts Festival.

Exhibiting artists will include Jenny Edbrooke, Mary Beaney, founder of Art on the River, Dani Humberstone, owner of The Art Shop, Wadhurst and Mark Paul Perry of South East Artists.

Martin Everett: Ascent

Those of International reputation exhibiting will include Broomhill National Sculpture Prize nominated artists Svetlana K-Lie and Yulia Podolska, Arts Club award winning artist Helen Masacz and Will Taylor SGFA, not to mention Guy Portelli VPRBA FRBS, Brenda Hartill R E, Nick Archer and photographers Nigel Green, Martin Everett and Alexander Brattell

The Art Fair will also see the launch of the first PURE Book:

"What's the Story? - Artists talking about original printmaking"

Co-authored by Kay Green, Nicolette Howard and Lesley Samms, according to early reviews its an "inspirational read - and inspiration is delightfully contagious!"...

Available to pre order on Amazon - ISBN 9781906451677

Art Fair events will include:

The Artisan Blacksmiths: Ben and Remuna will be at the Art Fair throughout  again this year making sparks fly!  This is an ever popular feature, especially with the children.

Meet the Artists: on Saturday 15th and 22nd September Vikky Furse SWA will be demonstrating and talking about her work and on Sunday 16th you can see Mark Paul Perry of South East Artists in action.

Meet the Authors: on Friday 21st September Fionna Macgillavry will be talking about and signing copies of her latest book "The Darkness Within" and "What's the Story" editor, authors and contributors will be there throughout talking about the project and signing copies.

Praise for PURE Events include:

"A Triumph" "Unmissable"

“Better than the summer exhibition at the RA!”

For more information on the PURE Autumn Art Fair and the organisers, Pure Arts Group please visit their website;

For information on exhibiting Artists please visit our online gallery site

Monday, 3 September 2012


Contemporary Fine Art

Venue: The PowderMills Hotel, Powdermill Lane, Battle TN33 0SP

Friday 14 - Saturday 22 September

Open daily 10am - 6pm

Admission FREE

Private View: Saturday 15th September from 7pm

Over 200 artworks will be available to view and buy 
at this exceptional annual showcase event.

Exhibiting Artists will include;

Jenny Edbrooke

Fran Giffard

Jane Gray

Featured events will include artists demo's and "What's the Story?" book launch.
See Pure Arts Group Facebook page for details.

Monday, 2 July 2012

artSOUTH artist Collaboration opportunity

Call for Proposals
artSOUTH : collaborations is an ambitious new contemporary visual art open submission. The project aims to provide an exciting opportunity for national and international artists to develop new works in collaboration with professionals/specialists of their choice in any other field or discipline. We are seeking engaging and innovative collaborative commissions of the highest quality. These will be presented at indoor and outdoor non-gallery locations across central southern England in Autumn 2013.
Selectors; artist A K Dolven and artSOUTH Curator Judy Adam with:
  • Jo Bushnell, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
  • Stephen Foster, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton
  • Phil Smith, Mottisfont, Romsey, National Trust
  • Jo Montague, Arts & Museums Service, Hampshire County Council
Deadline for submissions: Friday 7 September 2012
Exhibition dates: Saturday 7 September – Sunday 1 December 2013         
For more information and to apply visit or contact 01962 846966
artSOUTH Partners: a space, Aspex Gallery, Chapel Arts Studios, Hampshire County Council, Mottisfont (National Trust), New Forest District Council, Portsmouth City Council, Quay Arts, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton Solent University and Solent Showcase, Test Valley Borough Council, TheGallery at the Arts University College Bournemouth, University of Portsmouth, University of Southampton and John Hansard Gallery, Winchester City Council.

'Star Gazing' Commissions, National Trust, Mottisfont


For Christmas 2012, The National Trust at Mottisfont wishes to commission a number of ‘Stars’ to form a ‘trail’ within the grounds. Artists and makers are invited to submit proposals to create or exhibit a ‘Star’ for temporary installation at Mottisfont from 1st December 2012 to 27th January 2013.

This builds on the success of the ‘Angel Garden’ (Dec 2011 – Jan 2012), when 15,000 visitors enjoyed 8 sculptures on the theme of ‘Angels’ installed at various sites around the grounds at Mottisfont.
This is an opportunity for the selected artists/makers to produce a piece of work in response to a unique rural location with the potential for their work to be seen by a large audience. The selectors will also consider existing pieces of work for exhibition.
The ‘Star’ should ideally be a three-dimensional object, created from materials that are durable enough to survive a two-month long installation outdoors in winter.
Proposals should include: 
  • Your curriculum vitae / artist’s statement
  • Up to 5 images of previous work. It is preferable for works to be submitted on CD. Please do not submit ORIGINAL artworks.
  • A visual representation and brief explanation of your proposal, its dimensions, construction, materials and installation requirements.
  • If you are familiar with Mottisfont it would also be useful to know about any preference you may have for a specific location within the gardens at Mottisfont.
Proposals to arrive no later than 5:00pm on Friday, 14 September 2012.
The successful artists/makers will be informed by Monday, 24 September 2012.
The ‘Star’ will need to be manufactured and delivered for installation no later than Friday, 16 November 2012.
Full details can be downloaded at:
If you would like any visual materials or disks to be returned, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope covering the cost of return postage.  Please send your proposals to:
Star Gazing
c/o Louise Govier
Visitor Experience and Communities Manager
Nr. Romsey
Hampshire SO51 0LP