Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019

Image Credit: Joseph Wright of Derby ARA (1734-1797) Vesuvius in Eruption, with a View over the Islands in the Bay of Naples, c. 1776-80, oil on canvas, 122 x 176.4cm. © Tate, London 2019

RWA, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1PX

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Saturday 15 June 2019 – Sunday 01 September 2019
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5.30pm Sunday 11am-5pm CLOSED Mondays
Admission Fee: Adults: £7.95 (includes a 80p donation) Concessions: £6.75 (includes a 70p donation) Under 18s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price

A major exhibition tracing the representation of fire in British art across the last four centuries; exploring the symbolism and meaning the element has had for artists throughout history.

Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019, is the third in a series of element-themed exhibitions at the RWA, bringing together a number of important historic, modern and contemporary artworks. In turns destructive and creative, fearsome and fascinating, fire is a subject loaded with symbolism, ritual and emotion.

Unsurprisingly, the subject of fire has drawn in artists throughout the ages. This exhibition will examine how artists’ approaches have changed over time, recording historical, religious, domestic or natural events as well as exploring fire as a material phenomenon informed by contemporary themes and issues.

Fire will include significant artists such as J.M.W. Turner, Joseph Wright of Derby, William Blake, John Martin, Stanley Spencer, Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham, Eric Ravilious, Jeremy Deller, Tim Shaw, Susan Hiller, David Nash, Douglas Gordon and Cornelia Parker.

This exhibition shows how vital fire has been to the human experience, through technology, storytelling and symbolism and how the duality of our relationship with the element continues to fascinate in the 21st century.

 

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