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The Waste Land is a major work of twentieth century literature, written by T.S. Eliot in 1921 in the aftermath of World War One. Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ explores the contemporary significance of T.S. Eliot’s seminal poem and the way it has resonated with artists over the years.

The works selected for exhibition have been researched by a voluntary group of individuals drawn from the Coventry area and include historical and contemporary works by artists including Peter Blake, Cecil Collins, Jacob Epstein, Elisabeth Frink, Patrick Heron, David Jones, R.B. Kitaj, Percy Wyndham Lewis, Paul Nash, George Shaw, John Stezaker, Graham Sutherland and J.M.W. Turner. Through these works, the exhibition explores themes within Eliot’s poem of journeys and fragmentation. The selection also makes reference to Coventry’s history as a city fragmented by, and rebuilt upon the ruins of war.

Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ is an exhibition led by independent curator, Michael Tooby and organised by the Mead Gallery in collaboration with Turner Contemporary in Margate, the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and Coventry Cathedral.

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