Our new exhibition Camden Town Group: Art for the Edwardian Era opens this weekend, and our hardworking Exhibitions team have had a busy week getting everything in place! Under the watchful eye of our guest curator Anne Goodchild (formerly Senior Curator at Sheffield City Art Galleries), the Upper Gallery has been a hub activity as it became home to 25 paintings depicting life in Edwardian Britain.
Influenced by Post-Impressionism, the group painted in a dynamic and colourful style, exploring the changing realities of Edwardian urban life. They depicted social and cultural life in Britain, truthfully recording the surroundings and pursuits of the lower middle and working classes in the years leading up to the First World War.
The pieces in the exhibition are drawn from the collection of Leeds Art Gallery, the largest public collection of Camden Town Group works outside Tate in London.
Here's a peek behind the scenes of the week spent getting the exhibition ready to open:
Like Christmas morning!
Very carefully unwrapping the artworks.
Anne Goodchild discusses the exhibition layout with our Associate Curator Michael Regan.
Exhibitions Officer Amy Plewis arranges the paintings in the room before installation.
Exhibitions Technician Lee Broughall makes sure the paintings are securely displayed.
Ready and waiting for visitors!
Camden Town Group: Art for the Edwardian Era is showing in the Upper Gallery from 15 October 2016 - 22 January 2017.
£5 Annual Pass, under 18s free.