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Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) was only 39 when he died on active service, but he had already achieved incredible things in the fields of fine art and design. 80 years after his death, this dazzling new exhibition will guide visitors through his brilliant career, showcasing wood engravings, watercolours, books, ceramics and lithographs.

Among the many highlights are stunning watercolours from public collections, such as Train Landscape, and rarely-seen works from private collections, including Room at the William the Conqueror.

Partnering with 15 lenders from across the UK, this specially-curated exhibition for Hampshire Cultural Trust will show Eric Ravilious’ love for the simple pleasures of everyday life (a mug of strong tea, a train ride). He saw the extraordinary in the everyday and, at the same time, made everyday things seem extraordinary, whether this was in the design he made to decorate an eggcup or in his marvellous watercolours. 

With an impressive and varied programme of accompanying events, including lectures, tours and workshops, Extraordinary Everyday is both a celebration of a much-loved artist’s achievements and an opportunity for fans and collectors to learn more. It is the first major exhibition of its kind, bringing together a range of works in different mediums, watercolours, ceramics, engravings, never seen together before. A unique show, specially curated by James Russell for Hampshire Cultural Trust. 

The inclusion of unfinished works, studies and designs will enable visitors to explore the crossover between fine art and design work, the evolution of his mark-making and use of colour. Visitors will be able to follow his development across 20 years in book illustration and watercolour, from student works to masterpieces such as High Street and works shown in his reputation-making 1939 exhibition of watercolours. His work as a war artist is represented by a varied selection, including the beautiful South Coast Beach.

Thanks to the generosity of one private collector, the exhibition features an exciting selection of the artist’s designs for Wedgwood, including exquisite pieces from the Alphabet and Garden Implements sets, alongside rarities such as the Coronation Golden Persephone design made for the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1952, two versions of Afternoon Tea and a set of six mugs in the style of the Edward VIII Coronation Mug. All six have rarely, if ever, been seen together in public. 

The exhibition is curated by James Russell, previously curator of the 2015 blockbuster Ravilious at Dulwich Picture Gallery. James has written extensively on 20th century British art and design, always exploring the artist's life as much as their work.

Extraordinary Everyday is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue written by the curator. The catalogue will be available to purchase at The Arc and on our online shop.

Look out for additional features and behind-the-scenes insights for this exhibition on our blog, Culture on Call.

If you are fond of Eric Ravilious' work, we recommend you keeping an eye on Award-winning writer/director Margy Kinmonth’s feature doc ERIC RAVILIOUS - DRAWN TO WAR to open across the UK and Ireland on July 1, released by Dartmouth Films. The film will be exclusively screened at Everyman Winchester for a Q&A screening on Thu 30 June, 19:00. Tickets are available on Everyman's website: https://www.everymancinema.com/Booking/winchester/8734809

We look forward to welcoming you to The Gallery soon.

    • Eric Ravilious for Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd, King Edward VIII Coronation Mug, designed 1936, Photo © Hampshire Cultural Trust

    Please consider selecting a ticket with an additional donation. If you are a UK taxpayer, this will enable us to claim Gift Aid on the full amount of your admission. This additional 25p on every pound can make a real difference to Hampshire Cultural Trust’s work to change lives through culture. Thank you.

    Ticket Price with donation for Gift Aid Standard Price
    Adult £6.75 £6.00
    Senior Citizen (66+) £5.50 £4.75
    Child (under 16) £3.50 £3.00
    Student (ID required) £5.50 £4.75
    Art Fund Member £3.30 £3.00

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