Approaching Thunder: 1940s Britain between Art and Literature, The Hepworth Wakefield, 23 September

Saturday 23 September 2017, 12.30–3.30pm, The Hepworth Wakefield

This interdisciplinary workshop brings together researchers in art history and literature to explore overlaps between modernist writing, drawing, printmaking and publishing, 1939-50.How did stylistic revivalisms and state-led art patronage schemes express the cultural politics of the moment? And to what extent did the violence and austerity of the war and its aftermath prompt renewed social engagement and cement the position of modernism in Britain?

The symposium accompanies The Hepworth Wakefield’s exhibition Approaching Thunder: 1940s British Prints and Drawings.

Tickets General £15, Member £10, Student £7.50. To book tickets:

Dr Sara Wasson (Lancaster University): ‘Now the Darkness is a Time of Dread’: Gothic Representation and the Sensory Geography of Wartime Britain 

Dr Sophie Hatchwell (University of Bristol): Letters from the Home Front: non-commissioned artists’ correspondence in the Second World War 

Gill Saunders (Victoria and Albert Museum): Recording Britain: Defining a National Identity? 

Image: Henry Moore, Four Grey Sleepers, 1941. Courtesy of the Hepworth Wakefield (Wakefield Permanent Art Collection.