FESTIVAL celebrated and responded to the work of sculptor Henry Moore, an icon of the 20th century, who along with his contemporaries was a key contributor to the Festival of Britain in 1951. This embodied the sense of optimism of a country that looked forward to the second half of the century, following the devastation experienced during WWII.
Like many of the artists and makers we have shown over previous pop-up exhibitions, Moore was inspired by the coastal features and landscape of North Norfolk during visits to his sister, who was the Headmistress at Wighton School, Wells-Next-to-the-Sea while he was still a student. Moore and his contemporaries like Barbara Hepworth were transfixed by natural form and the geological processes that left their mark on the natural landscape. Between them they configured a strong, visual language that could be applied to the celebration and flowering of modern Britain during post war austerity.
We included artists and makers who are among some of the most experienced of their generation living in this part of the country. There was an emphasis on this unique opportunity to make the link between different generations of creative talent and how subjects and themes transcend fashion.
Special thanks to the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley for their generous support.
• TOBY WINTERINGHAM