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Kirkby Gallery: ‘New Worlds’ British Art from the 60s and 70s

Monday 15 February – Saturday 7 May 2016

A Select exhibition from the Arts Council Collection featuring work made during the 60s and 70s by leading British artists.

‘New Worlds’ takes its inspiration from the era that Kirkby as a New Town was built, the 1960s.

This was an exciting period in time for town planning and local building projects, as it set out idealised visions on how people should live, play and travel around the town that they live, informed by the physical architecture and geography around them.

This optimism and dynamic thinking is reflected within the array of artworks being made by leading artists of that time.

Taking the lead from the year that Kirkby Library was built, which has always been the shared home for Kirkby Gallery, 1964 places this exhibition centrally within that period.
The exhibition seeks to present work by a range of leading British artists who best represent that energetic period of creativity.

Artists exhibiting are:
Frank Auerbach Gillian Ayres Peter Blake Boyle Family Patrick Caulfield Garth Evans Elisabeth Frink Terry Frost Richard Hamilton Barbara Hepworth David Hockney John Hoyland Albert Irvin Bryan Kneale Margaret Lovell Mary Martin Henry Moore Eduardo Paolozzi Bridget Riley

Schools and families:
Special to this exhibition are a series of activity sheets and a practical arts education area – the ‘Studio Space’ in the gallery, so visitors can learn more about the artists and the art movements they are associated with.

If you are a school or group wishing to bring a class to the gallery, please book in advance via the contact details below.

Don’t forget, your visit can be used towards an Arts Award accreditation or your
Passport to Learning via ‘The Children’s University!’


Kirkby Gallery opening times:
Monday to Friday 09.00 – 17.00 (closed for lunch 12.30-13.00) and Saturday 10.00 – 13.00