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Bawden By The Sea

Bawden By The Sea

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Bawden By The Sea

13th February 2016 - 29th January 2017


Edward Bawden’s nostalgic and whimsical depictions of Britain’s seaside towns are the subject of the latest exhibition in the Edward Bawden gallery. From bathing beauties in Bexhill-on-Sea to children’s sand castles on Clacton Beach, Bawden’s love of the seaside is demonstrated in his prints and advertising material. He treats the sea’s inhabitants with equal glee, scattering murderous mermaids, man-sized lobsters and parcel-delivering fish in his commissions for Fortnum & Mason and Shell. Probably the

most famous and much loved work inspired by the seaside is Bawden’s large linocut

Brighton Pier from 1958. Nearly a metre and half in width, it is undoubtedly one of Bawden’s most impressive works. The exhibition will feature the preparatory designs for Brighton Pier, the finished print as well as the rarely seen original blocks, allowing a unique look at Bawden’s working methods.


Bawden Archives Session

Saturday 21st May, 11-12.30pm

(repeated on Wednesday 24th August and Wednesday 21st September)

Cost: £10.50 (£8.40 Concessions)

Booking Essential - Call 01234 718618


Between 1981 and 1989 Edward Bawden donated the contents of his studio to the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery. The collection of over 3,000 items covers every medium he worked in and includes examples from his student days at the Royal College of Art in the 1920s right up to commissions he received in the 1980s. This session is a chance to have a delve into the archive, seeing works that have never been on display as well as  old favourites with an introduction to each by the Keeper of Fine and Decorative Arts.