June 2023 – Of possible interest to the Art, Books & Culture Research Group…


I don’t usually cross the boundary between my ‘The Common Viewer’ and ‘Hatchards Events’ selves,

but it seems to me that three upcoming events and new books might be particularly interesting

for our Art, Books & Culture group members and those who come to the Words & Pictures book club,

as they relate to artists we’ve looked at over the last few months. I’ve popped some details below, also further links to

artist/exhibition information if of intrigue!

Wednesday 7th June

Author Sarah Knights will be discussing the life & times of Barbara Ker-Seymer, renowned for her photography especially perhaps in the 1930s, her friends and subjects including Edward Burra and Nancy Cunard, as well as stars from the new theatre scene. This is the first book – ever! – about Ker-Seymer, and this promises to be fascinating evening especially as Sarah Knights will be in conversation with biographer Anne Chisholm. For further info, tickets &c. please click here.

(nb. Barbara Ker-Seymer’s archive at the Tate has been digitised and is available to look at here).

Thursday 8th June

Biographer Joanna Moorhead will be discussing the life and art of surrealist Leonora Carrington with particular reference to the places Carrington lived and worked from Cornwall to Mexico. It’ll be fascinating to hear how such different geographical locations inspired and affected the art-making and how memories of different places changed & developed. Joanna will be in conversation with literary critic Suzi Feay. For further info, tickets &c. please click here.

(nb. there’s an exhibition of Leonora Carrington’s paintings at the Fondacion MAPFRE in Madrid at the moment that has a very good virtual exhibition online here)

Thursday 15th June

Alicia Foster will be at Hatchards discussing her new book on Gwen John which coincides with the exhibition Alicia is curating at Pallant House Gallery. Following the artist from London to Paris, Alicia Foster emphasises how truly radical and devoted to her painting Gwen John was, and that rather than the ‘solitary’ figure we imagine, she was in fact very much part of the modern art world. For further info, tickets &c. please click here.

(nb. details for the forthcoming Pallant House exhibition are here).


How very glorious!


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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