The Mead Gallery hosts one exhibition every season, with a number of related events and family activities giving visitors the chance to explore the topics and themes from the exhibition in greater detail.
Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art. A touring exhibition from the Arts Council Collection
Thu 5 Oct – Sat 9 Dec
Open Mon – Sat 12pm – 9pm
Closed Sundays except Sun 8 Oct & Sun 3 Dec, open 10am-5pm; and Sun 22 & Sun 29 Oct, open 12-9pm. Please note, the Mead Gallery will be open from 10am on Mon 23 – Fri 27 Oct for half term. There will be restricted access to the Gallery on Mon 30 Oct from 3 – 7pm during the Curators’ Tour and Roundtable Discussion
British art of the 1960s is noted for its bold, artificial colour, alluring surfaces and capricious shapes and forms, yet these exuberant qualities are often underpinned by a strong sense of order, founded on repetition, sequence and symmetry. Kaleidoscope looks across media and movements – from the mind-bending surfaces of Op Art, the flattened repetition of Pop, the mathematical order of Constructivism, and the sequential placement of brightly-coloured abstract units found in New Generation sculpture – to find a common language shaped by sequence and symmetry.
This exhibition brings together outstanding examples of painting and sculpture from the Arts Council Collection and other major UK collections. It brings into focus the relationship between colour and form, rationality and irrationality, order and waywardness in art of the 1960s and through the work of over twenty artists including: David Annesley, Anthony Caro, Robyn Denny, Tess Jaray, Phillip King, Kim Lim, Mary Martin, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bridget Riley, Tim Scott, Richard Smith, William Tucker and William Turnbull.
The exhibition has been curated by Sam Cornish and Natalie Rudd. Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre, London on behalf of Arts Council England.