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Thu 19th Oct 2023 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm


Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson are three of the most important British artists of the last century. Friends, neighbours and artistic rivals, their lives were intertwined through their personal relationships as well as through their shared determination to make new and radical forms of art in mid-twentieth century Britain.

In this study day we will look at the background to their emergence as dynamic artists fascinated by the cutting-edge ideas of European artists such as Picasso, Brancusi and Mondrian. We’ll see how, in the staid British art world of the 1930s, their use of new materials and techniques injected a truly modern dimension into both painting and sculpture, complimenting that of modernist architects and designers. We’ll see how they coped with the challenges of making art during times of war and in the rebuilding and regeneration that followed.

The complex relationships between them – with Barbara Hepworth being both friend and rival to Moore, as well as lover, wife and rival to Nicholson – make this a personal and compelling story. As each of the trio achieved international stardom in the 1950s, drawing younger artists into their orbits as helpers, students and assistants, we’ll explore the different paths they took in dealing with wealth, influence and success in the international art world of the later twentieth century.

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Top Left: 1934 (relief)' by Ben Nicholson, Tate Modern.JPG" by sculpture: en:Ben Nicholson (d 1982); photo: Wmpearl is marked with CC0 1.0 .

Top Right: Corinthos by Barbara Hepworth in Tate LiverpoolRept0n1x, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Bottom Centre: Mother and Child by Henry Moore in St.. Pauls Cathedral 14GTR, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.


Lecturer: Jo Walton

Has combined teaching and lecturing with a career in art bookselling and has been a volunteer guide at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Now a freelance lecturer for The Arts Society, the Art Fund, and Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery and local art societies.

Day of Special Interest Price

Members: £35.00 per member
Guests:    £37.00 per Guest

The ticket includes 3 one hour lectures, coffee on arrival and between morning lectures and, a  lunch with wine and or soft drinks.



Thu 19th Oct 2023
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


The Arts Society Blackmore Vale


Arthur Morison Memorial Hall
Rowls Lane
Wincanton, Somerset BA9 9PY United Kingdom.
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