EVENT CANCELLED: Mass Observation: Portraits of a Generation [Talk)
Thursday 17 January 2019, 6pm
Tickets from: £7
In the late 1930s Trevelyan was invited to take part in the Mass Observation project which aimed to record the routines and rituals of everyday life in Britain using volunteer observers, diarists and participants. Commissioned to depict life in Bolton, Trevelyan created a powerful series of collages and paintings of the industrial north. The collages, including Rubbish May be Shot Here (1937), incorporated allusions to contemporary politics and popular culture by way of magazine and newspaper cuttings, old catalogues and bills, and the paintings, including The Potteries (1938), were darkly expressive yet deeply personal in their evocation of poverty and deprivation. He said “…it was largely through my experiences in it that I had the courage to ‘find myself’ in painting…” In this talk, art historian David Mellor uncovers the history of the Mass Observation and the story of those involved.
Image: The Potteries, 1938, oil on canvas, 53.3 x 66 cm, Swindon Museum © The Julian Trevelyan Estate