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Public Art and Sculpture 2: Pupils of Eric Gill Lecture

Public Art and Sculpture 2: Pupils of Eric Gill Lecture

Thursday 27 October 2022 at 6.30 pm

The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ

Alan Powers will talk about Eric Gill’s pupils such as Ralph Beyer and John Skelton. Their work as letterers, painters and stone carvers can be found in many sites, religious and secular, from the 1930s to 2000s.

As individuals, several of Eric Gill’s pupils gained a reputation but few are well known today. They are not usually considered as a group, but in the assessment of the continuation of public art from the 1930s into the later twentieth century, they produced a significant body of work and in many cases continued Gill’s workshop teaching for a generation still working today.

The lecture will discuss pieces made in direct collaboration with Gill, for example at the Midland Hotel, Morecambe and the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Gorleston, and a number of works former parts of architectural schemes, such as Donald Potter’s stone sculptures for Lavender and Twentyman in the midlands, and Walter Ritchie’s reliefs for post-war Coventry.

Alan Powers, former C20 Chairman and current trustee, has written extensively on architecture, art and design of the last 100 years. He is History Leader at the London School of Architecture.

C20 Society Members:  £ 10 Non-Members: £ 15

Includes a glass of wine

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The Twentieth Century Society is an IHBC (Institute of Historic Building conservation) recognised CPD provider.

The Twentieth Century Society is a registered charity, no 1110244

Above: John Skelton, The Symbol of Discovery, Chichester, 1963 Photograph: Sussex Live

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