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Still Lives

1 March 2024 - January 2025

Exhibition entry is £13 / £11 / FREE for Members, Wakefield District residents and under 18s. Ticket includes entry to all our gallery spaces on the day of visit

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Still Lives explores the enduring nature of the still life genre throughout art history, from post-impressionist art and surrealism to British modernism and contemporary art.

The exhibition reflects upon the inspiration artists have continually found in everyday objects: from an interest in colour and form, to a desire to capture their temporariness. While the still life genre is traditionally associated with painting, Still Lives features works from a range of mediums including sculpture, photography, ceramics, painting and works-on-paper.

Still Lives includes three of the oldest artworks in Wakefield’s art collection by renowned Dutch masters that date back to the seventeenth century alongside contemporary sculptures that use incongruous arrangements of familiar objects to create scenes that hover between the strangely ordinary and the extraordinary.

Artists on display

Eileen Agar, Vanessa Bell, Francis Butterfield, Steven Claydon, John Collier, Alexandre da Cunha, Margaret Firth, Jacob Foppens van Es, Roger Fry, Kaff Gerrard, Juan Gris, Anthea Hamilton, Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron, Ivon Hitchens, Frances Hodgkins, Hazel King-Farlow, Mabel Layng, Rene Matić, Bernard Meninsky, Prafulla Mohanti, Emily Murray Patterson, Ben Nicholson, E.Q Nicholson, Willem Ormea, Anne Estelle Rice, Lucie Rie, Eva Rothschild, Veronica Ryan, William Scott, Walter Richard Sickert, Geer Van Velde, Nicolaes van Verendael, Caroline Walker and more….