To link in with Kevis House Gallery’s Festival exhibition, this illustrated talk explores how two remarkable women, Sheila McCririck, Head of Art at Bishop Otter College (1949-77), and Principal ‘Betty’ Murray (1948-70), acquired work by some of the great figures in twentieth-century British art to build post Second World War the Bishop Otter Art Collection (now University of Chichester). The distinguished collection comprises works by leading post-war artists and includes, amongst others, Ivon Hitchens, Peter Lanyon, Sandra Blow, Henry Moore and John Hitchens. Jill Bray, whose work can be seen in the retrospective exhibition Earth Lines at Kevis House Gallery, also had work acquired by Sheila McCririck for the collection.
Dr Gill Clarke has published widely on twentieth century British Art and guest-curated art exhibitions in the south of England, the next of which will be at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth. She was Visiting Professor at the Otter Gallery, University of Chichester from 2012 until the Gallery closed in 2018.
In association with Kevis House Gallery.