Ravilious Season: Women in Print Study Day: Love and Friendship

Friday 24 November 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm
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Enid Marx, Back Garden, c. 1923. © Estate of Enid Marx

Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship exhibition is the starting out point for reflecting on and celebrating the ways through which female love and friendship manifests itself in print. 

Tirzah Ravilious recently republished autobiography, and the beautifully illustrated book accompanying the exhibition by Andy Friend both map and make visible the intangible webs of friendship that evolved within the creative circles of mid-20th century Britain. The speakers at this study day will widen this web of connections and offer many other narratives of professional and personal friendship in which print has a pivotal role. The day will specifically examine the role of print in fostering women’s friendships and relationships through the sharing of creative outputs and publications, the role of print in enabling financial independence and mutual support given by women to women, for instance through shared commercial outlets, clients and studios.

The day will also evaluate the importance of print in enabling unofficial crucibles for learning and catalytic spaces for the empowerment and transformation of women, and investigate the cultural history, still hidden, of female couples who hosted other writers and artists of their time.


Carolyn Trant: Pattern, Politics and Alternative Aesthetics in the Women’s Friendship Groups
Lotte Crawford - Enid Marx and the Pioneers of British Modern Craft’.
Jane Audas - Friend of a Friend. Buying Barron and Larcher textiles in the 1930s
Amy Goodwin - Uncovering hidden connections between fairground females, concealed in ‘The Worlds Fair’ newspaper
Liz Mitchell - Belonging: the miscellaneous collections of Mary Greg 
CANCELLED: Prof Louise Campbell - Am I a Surrealist? Eileen Agar and friends (Louise is sadly no longer able to join us due to unforeseen circumstances)
Amanda Girling Budd


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