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Circa 1967

Works from the Arts Council Collection

21.7. – 9.9.2007
Exhibition entrance showing exhibition logo designed by Fraser Muggeridge Studio. Photo: Jerry Hardman-Jones

Exhibition entrance showing exhibition logo designed by Fraser Muggeridge Studio. Photo: Jerry Hardman-Jones

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Exhibition entrance showing exhibition logo designed by Fraser Muggeridge Studio. Photo: Jerry Hardman-Jones
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Photo: Jerry Hardman-Jones
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Exhibition entrance showing exhibition logo designed by Fraser Muggeridge Studio. Photo: Jerry Hardman-Jones

Circa 1967: Works from the Arts Council Collection

21 July - 9 September 2007

 

Milton Keynes Gallery's summer exhibition offered a unique cultural contribution to the city's 40th anniversary celebrations this year. 

 

Entitled Circa 1967: Works from the Arts Council Collection, it was specially selected by the gallery in partnership with the Arts Council from their loan collection of modern and contemporary British art. Much of the work had its first public airing for many years. Through the work of the seventeen selected artists, visitors were be able to experience a snap-shot view of the tastes and styles prevalent in the visual arts in circa 1967, when Milton Keynes was formally designated a new town.

 

Stylistically the exhibition embraced the legacy of British Modernism, the influence of Pop, the weight of American Abstraction and the early flourishing of British Op Art. A figurative painting by David Hockney sat alongside the large, vivid and abstract canvases of Joe Tilson, Robyn Denny and Michael Kidner, bringing to the fore debates that were emerging at the time about pattern, surface and the optical. The sculptural works were ambitious and experimental, making use of contemporary materials and technology. Derek Boshier's Double Dome (1967), with its vacuum-formed double structure, articulates issues of perception and form typical of the period. Quinquereme (1966) by Tim Scott, unfolds to a full six metres in length in a dance-like, choreographed display of colour. Other works by Kenneth Draper, Phillip King and William Turnbull reveal both the confidence and optimism of the period.

 

The exhibition was reflective of the concerns and interests of visual artists in the late 1960s who were at the cusp of experimental collaboration and who brought about a dialogue between painting, sculpture, photography and other forms of creative media; film, architecture, graphics, design, and fashion. Such collaboration between art, design and its application to everyday life evokes something of the spirit with which Milton Keynes as a city was conceived and came into being.

 

The artists included in this exhibition were: Michael Andrews, Gillian Ayres, Derek Boshier, Robyn Denny, Kenneth Draper, David Hockney, John Hoyland, Peter Joseph, Michael Kidner, Phillip King, Jeremy Moon, Brian Robins, Tim Scott, Jeffrey Steele, Joe Tilson, William Turnbull and Bryan Winter. A 24 page, illustrated booklet offering an overview of the exhibition content and brief biographical notes on the artists was available free to every visitor.

 

The Circa 1967 exhibition was be accompanied by an imaginative series of related educational events, including a panel discussion, Karaoke Quiz Night and summer workshops led by artists for all ages. A film night with a programme centred on a group of UK artists who were establishing themselves as important figures in international avant-garde cinema takes place on 5 September. 

 

 

Milton Keynes was formally designated a new town on 23 January 1967. It was conceived as a solution for relieving housing congestion in London and is the largest of a number of new towns built in the 1960s. This exhibition was Milton Keynes Gallery's contribution to a year-long series of celebratory events in the city.

 

The Arts Council Collection is the largest loan collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world. With over 7500 works of art by more than 2000 artists, spanning more than sixty years, the Collection can be seen in exhibitions and displays at home and abroad, as well as through long-term loans to public buildings across the UK. The Collection is based at the Southbank Centre in London and at Longside, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. As a collection 'without walls', it has no permanent gallery; however, changing displays of sculpture, video and installations from the Arts Council Collection are regularly on view at Longside Gallery.

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