Monday evening art lecture : British Art Movements

Nick Pearson

28 Mar - 11 Apr

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

£10 per person including refreshments

Class details

Join us for a Monday evening art lecture with Nick Pearson. In this trio of lectures he explores the British Art Movements of The Bloomsbury Group and The St Ives School.


6.30 – 8.30pm

28 March – The Bloomsbury Group

4 April – The St Ives School part 1

11 April – The St Ives School part 2

£10 per person including light refreshments.

Bloomsbury in London, Charleston in East Sussex and St Ives in Cornwall were all important places in the development of modern British art from the late 19th to mid 20th centuries. The Bloomsbury Group and the St Ives School were key movements.

The Programme

The Bloomsbury Group

28 March :

Charleston, Lewes, East Sussex was one of the centres of the Bloomsbury Group. It was also home to artists Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, their children (and occasionally one of Grant’s male lovers!). Bell and Grant decorated their spaces with wall paintings, panels and hand-painted screens.

Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry and other members of the ‘Bloomsbury Set’: were they privileged bohemians who dabbled in the arts – or creatives who made a major contribution to the development of British culture and introduced the ideas of
modern European art to a British audience?

Explore the lives, lifestyle and work of the artists of the Bloomsbury group, using photographs, letters and other material from Tate’s archive – as well as the modern figurative, post-impressionist and (some)
abstract paintings, modernist furniture and other designs (from Roger Fry’s Omega Workshops) that poured out from this important collection of artists writers and intellectuals.

The St Ives School

4 April : The St Ives School – part 1

St Ives, a small pilchard-fishing town on the Cornish peninsula attracted artists like J.M.W. Turner, James Abbott McNeil Whistler and Stanhope Forbes in the 19th century for its landscape and unusual quality of light.

This growing community of artists later drew Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and other early 20th-century modernists to its shores. Together they created a vibrant art scene that in the 1940s and ’50s was an active centre of modern art in the western world.

Those artists created work that can now be seen in
museums worldwide including Tate Britain, Tate Modern and Tate St Ives.

We shall look at some of them in detail.

Stanhope Forbes, Beach Scene, St Ives, 1886

11 April : The St Ives School – part 2

In this lecture we look at the way the St Ives school developed and become the most important centre of modern art in Britain. It had an international reach that exceeded that of artists working in London at the time.

Artists like

  • Peter Lanyon
  • Terry Frost
  • Alan Davie
  • Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham
  • Roger Hilton

were making sensitive and bold, figurative, semi-figurative and abstract paintings that vied with the powerful work being produced in New York by American Abstract Expressionist artists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem De Kooning.

The artists were in touch with each other.

Join Nick to explore how the work produced there, influenced by the peninsula’s light and rugged landscape made this small Cornish town one of the most important geographic and cultural sites in the history of British art.

Patrick Heron, Green and Purple Painting with Blue Disc: May 1960

Join Nick Pearson to learn more about British Art Movements in a new series of open to all in-person Monday evening art lecture.


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 28 Mar - 11 Apr
Monday 6:30 pm
Fees: £10 per person including refreshments

About the tutor

Nick Pearson

Nick is an internationally exhibited artist and an enthusiastic lecturer. He has a passion for art of all period and teaches at various levels in schools, colleges, universities and adult learning centres; including

  • London College of Contemporary Art
  • Richmond Art School
  • OPEN Ealing
  • University of Oxford
  • Northampton University
  • Bradford College of Art

His artistic practice encompasses sculpture, drawing and photographic work. He creates large, wall-based works which explore formal relationships through shape and colour, often with a kind of abstract visual humour – but as in all collage, each constituent part has its own history and poetic meaning. Nick uses everyday objects in his artwork which he has often found or which have been discarded.

For more information on his work and exhibitions visit his website:

To book special, private tours (for birthdays, corporate events, etc) please email him:

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