Banner: Detail of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004) Untitled I (View of St Ives) 1943 Pen ink and watercolour on paper © Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust 2019

Using The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art, the exhibition will explore the impact of the fishing town of St Ives in West Cornwall, which became a centre for modern and abstract developments in British art from the 1940s to the 1960s. The exhibition will feature works by Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Paul Feiler, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon and Bryan Wynter. This group show, featuring artists from the St Ives School, also marks 125 years since Ben Nicholson's birth in 1894.

6 April - 23 June 2019*
£5 Day Pass or £7.50 Annual Pass | Under 18s Free

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*Please note: Exhibition closed 11 - 14 June as The Lightbox undergoes essential maintenance work.


Associated events

A New Movement: Where did drawing take Barbara Hepworth?
Thurs 9 May 2019, 7.00pm
£10 Adults | £8 Friends


Transcript and visual description of the video

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The video opens with the camera zooming out from an abstract painting in the middle of the wall. It quickly reveals a general overview of the long rectangular gallery space. Glimpses of more paintings can be seen on both of the long side walls.

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We cut to a shot of Jo Baring, Director of the Ingram Collection, sat in front and between two paintings. Jo is in the foreground and the artworks are slightly out of focus in the background. On the left-hand side of Jo is a white framed landscape abstract painting by Terry Frost called ‘Suspended Red, Black and Ochre’ that shows 4 colourful half ellipses suspended from an Ochre concaved section of oil paint. On the right-hand side there is a smaller portrait charcoal sketch by William Scott called ‘Standing Nude’. The picture shows the artist’s re-workings as you can see where the artist has rubbed out as he has gone along. The figure is a simplified bulbous shaped female nude which starts on the paper half way down the head and finishes at the knees. 

During this static shot, Jo Baring describes the new exhibition:

‘Hi, I’m Jo Baring, I’m the Director of the Ingram Collection, and I’m here in the Upper Gallery of The Lightbox in our new show ‘The Ingram Collection: The St Ives School’ which opened on Saturday [6 April 2019]. This is a very small, but highly focused show featuring works by artists who lived in St Ives and who were closely associated with the artistic school there. People like Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, and behind me Terry Frost, who was particularly influenced by the shapes, sounds and seascapes of the St Ives town.’

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Camera cuts to a pan shot of the exhibition, moving over five paintings of different subject matters and styles. Cutting again to another pan shot, the camera moves in the same direction as before, from left to right. We can see a detailed shot of the Terry Frost abstract painting, the William Scott nude, and in the background, a glimpse of a still life painting.

The shot fades into a final static screen that uses a detail of the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham watercolour ‘Untitled, View of St Ives’ as a background. This painting shows a view of St Ives with the seafront houses at the back of the picture and the beach in front of them to the right, with trees in the foreground to the left.

The text ‘Exhibition open until 23 June 2019’ stands out in the middle of the image. Underneath it, on the right-hand side corner, the title of the exhibition reads ‘The Ingram Collection: The St Ives School’.

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The video cuts out after a few seconds of showing the static screen.

Image: Detail of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004), Untitled I (View of St Ives), 1943, Pen, ink and watercolour on paper
© Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust, 2019
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