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Painting by Peter Kennard, inspired by John Constables Hay Wain, but painted with missiles in the carriage Peter Kennard, Haywain, 1980 © Peter Kennard, Photo: Tate

Radical Landscapes

Visual Arts
Friday 7 October - Sunday 18 December 2022
Mead Gallery
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Tickets: Free
Open 11.00am - 8.00pm, Tue - Sun

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Suitable for all

Major exhibition takes a radical view of the British landscape with work from leading artists including Henry Moore, and Turner Prize 2022 nominees Ingrid Pollard and Veronica Ryan.


From rural raves and anti-nuclear protests, to the climate emergency and mythical giants, Radical Landscapes presents a surprising and inspiring view of the British landscape.

The exhibition - which comes from Tate Liverpool - includes over 100 paintings, prints, photographs, textile-based works, sculptures, installations, multi-media pieces spanning a hundred years.  

Among the artists featured are late-20th century greats Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and Eric Ravilious, contemporary artists Jeremy Deller and Tacita Dean, Birmingham-born painter Hurvin Anderson, surrealist Eileen Agar, and film-maker/artist Derek Jarman.  

Radical Landscapes also features contributions from Ingrid Pollard and Veronica Ryan, who've both been nominated for the Turner Prize 2022.

Exploring themes of common land, land use and identity, and responses to the climate emergency, notable works on display include Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp banners by Thalia Campbell, Alan Lodge's photographs of '80s-'90s raves, and Peter Kennard's 1980 Haywain With Cruise Missiles collage, which cleverly places Cruise missiles into John Constable's iconic 19th century landscape painting, The Hay Wain.

4 star review
“A bracingly different kind of ramble”
4 star review
“Consciousness-raising from the ground up”
The Guardian
“Fascinating and a feast for the eye”
“The exhibition disrupts the picturesque ideas that landscape artists have traditionally portrayed throughout history”
Architects Journal