Forthcoming Events

A Fragile Beauty: The Camden Town Group in the Blackdown Hills 1909- 1925

25th March 2017 - 8th July 2017 - The Museum of Somerset, Taunton in association with The Court Gallery

When Harold Harrison bought the Applehayes Estate in the Blackdown Hills, he built studios and invited artist friends to stay with him for holidays.  Artists as different as Mark Gertler and Stanley Spencer visited, but it was the London based Camden Town Group which made most use of the opportunity, finding inspiration in the Blackdowns landscape.  One, Robert Bevan, even bought a cottage in Luppitt, living there part-time until his death in 1925.  

This exhibition and book places the artists' work in the context of the Blackdowns and traces their story from the first visits to the area which has changed far less than most parts of rural England over the last century.  

December 30, 2016