Aidan Meller Gallery in collaboration with Turl Street Arts Festival welcomes you to ‘Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War’, a talk by art historian, David Boyd Haycock.

In the years leading up to the First World War, the Slade School of Art in London was the leading establishment in England for teaching drawing and painting. Its students included some of the most important British artists of the first half of the twentieth century, including David Bomberg, Dora Carrington, Mark Gertler, Paul Nash, C.R.W. Nevinson, William Roberts, Stanley Spencer and Edward Wadsworth. Based on his best-selling book (2009) of the same name, and the accompanying 2013 summer exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery, this lecture explores the extraordinary story of these young artists interlocking lives. Discover these artists’ turbulent relationships and the story of their artistic education and development during one of the most exciting periods in modern British art - culminating in the horror and drama of the First World War.

David Boyd Haycock read ‘Modern History’ at the University of Oxford, and has an MA in the History of Art and a PhD in History. Formerly an academic at the universities of Oxford and London, and a Curator at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, he is now a freelance writer, lecturer and curator specializing in British art and culture of the early twentieth century. Based in Oxford, he is currently writing a new biography of the young Augustus John (1878-1961), and curating an exhibition of the artist’s work which opens at Poole Museum, Dorset, in May.

This event is FREE and open to the public.
Spaces limited, no booking