A World of ... Work Exhibition

Thursday 12th April 2018 to Sunday 2nd September 2018 - This event has finished

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Time: 10:30am to 5:00pm
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Address: Brantwood
Town: Nr. Coniston
County: Cumbria
Postcode: LA21 8AD
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A World of ... Work Exhibition at Brantwood the home of John Ruskin in Coniston is an exhibition on the subject of work, timed to celebrate the completion of the Ruskin comic trilogy, Bloke’s Progress, with How to Work.

World of Work explores the response of artists and designers to the realm of human labour against the background of John Ruskin’s social writings. Ruskin wrote at a time of bitter conflict between the barons of laissez faire capitalism and working people. His writings address the dehumanisation of workers by the forces of mass production and made a central contribution to giving capitalism a degree of conscience. In the field of art these ideas fuelled a growth of social awareness, inspiring many artists to look at the world of work with new eyes and generating interest in alternative approaches such as the growth of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

A World of ... Work Exhibition at Brantwood

Brantwood’s exhibition ranges across an almost impossibly wide field. Ruskin recognised that hard labour is necessary to life but believed passionately that it had to be life giving to labourer and consumer alike if it was to be of true service to mankind. Works on show explore the romanticised view of rural life from the Idyllic School, represented by Macbeth’s etching of The Harvest Moon by George Heming Mason and set it against the harsh reality of James Pelham’s Peasant Woman with a pitchfork.

The brutal power of industry to reduce the worker to a cog in a machine is represented by Graham Sutherland’s dramatic wartime painting Press for making shells. By contrast, the idealism inherent in the idea of the nobility of labour is explored in John Cassidy’s sculpture of The Ship Canal Digger. A.S. Finlayson’s painting of an Aero-Engine production line is prophetic of the optimism felt by society after the war of the ‘white heat of technology’.

10:30am - 5pm  |  House & Gardens Admission £7.70; Child: Free;  Student: £6

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