Recording Britain at the Millennium Gallery

Date Posted: 17/01/2014

Pictured: Kenneth Rowntree, Grainfoot Farm.

Running from 2nd April to 2nd November, Recording Britain at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield, is set to host a collection of work depicting the changing face of Britain during World War Two.

On tour to Sheffield from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Recording Britain represents a remarkable visual record of lives and landscapes under threat.

The Recording Britain project was initiated by Sir Kenneth Clark at the start of World War Two.

Funded by the Pilgrim Trust, the initiative saw more than 90 artists – renowned professionals and gifted amateurs alike – commissioned to make inspiring pictures which would be ‘sympathetic records’ of vulnerable buildings, landscapes and lifestyles.

By the time the scheme ended, the collection, now cared for the by the V&A, comprised over 1500 pictures, representing almost every English county, and much of Wales.
About the exhibition

The exhibition will feature over 70 highlights from this collection, which includes work by some of the country’s finest watercolour painters.

Recording Britain will also feature a host of contemporary works which exemplify the ambitions of the original initiative, including paintings and photographs by artists such as Conrad Atkinson, Richard Long, David Nash, Laura Oldfield Ford, Keith Arnatt, Ingrid Pollard, and more.

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