Art, Books and Culture Group meeting: NEW DATE: SATURDAY 7th MAY, (11am-1pm) at The Beecroft Gallery, Southend: The Artists International Association and the Spanish Civil War

As the political situation of 1930s Europe worsened, the Artists International Association adopted a ‘popular front’ methodology encouraging a wide range of artists to exhibit under their pro-communist anti-fascist umbrella. This became especially important with the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War when the AIA sought to raise funds for sending food, supplies and ambulances to the frontlines and assisting refugees trying to escape.

Artists Nan Youngman & Priscilla Thornycroft painting: Spain Fights On

Today we will look at the work of the Artists International Association and British artists’ responses to the Spanish Civil War.

Please note we have a new venue and a new meeting time:

The Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend

11am-1pm om Saturday 7th May

£10 on the door as usual

All welcome!


A couple of initial resources:

The Exhibition “Conscience and Conflict” at Pallant House Gallery and a BBC article about it; there is also a book (out of print, but maybe at the library):

About TheCommonViewer

Independent Researcher: gently exploring the art and artists of early 20th century Britain (with forays elsewhere, in particular Russian Art History); the Art, Books & History Group meets monthly in Southend-on-Sea Twitter: @TheCommonViewer

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