Art & Action

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17 November 2020 - 21 February 2021
Watts Gallery

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Art & Action
Tuesday 17 November 2020 - Sunday 21 February 2021
Admission | Friends free | Under 18s free

Can art change the future? From the mid-nineteenth century, Victorian artists, viewers, and critics increasingly believed it could. From publicising the horrors of the workhouses to protesting against child labour, art played a prominent role in the social movements that characterised the period. By the middle of the century, many Victorians assumed that a painting's purpose was not merely to comment on contemporary affairs but also to shape them. Art and Action will explore this development between 1840 and 1900, revealing the diverse strategies British artists used to ensure their art had political impact and showing how art came to be seen as a powerful, prominent, and persuasive form of politics. This exhibition will show that such artistic practices have a deeper and richer pre-history than previously known.

Art & Action is co-curated by Dr Chloe Ward, Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University.

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