20th Century Cornwall: Art, Architecture & Design
25 Apr — 29 Apr 2017 | Tour Director: Alan Powers
Cornwall may immediately conjure up visions of sandy coves and mid-century modern art, but on closer examination a rich heritage is revealed.
The landscape, by turns harsh and lush, its remoteness from London, an independent Celtic culture, and the vibrant light have attracted visual artists of many kinds to spend time, even a whole lifetime, working in Cornwall. Architects too have been attracted to the challenges and beauty of the landscapes and have made significant marks.
This tour offers an unusual combination of attractions, including privileged access to houses and museum collections, crossing the division between late Victorian – richly decorated Anglo-Catholic churches and Newlyn painters – to the Edwardian Arts and Crafts movement – Porth-en-Alls, a house that must be seen to be believed. It then moves into the birth of Modernism, in which Cornwall played a significant part even before the flight of the Abstractionists from Hampstead in 1939.
The modern rethinking of the crafts is an important episode – the potter Bernard Leach and Alec Walker of Crysede textiles were together in St Ives in the 1920s – followed by the wartime and post-war emergence of St Ives as an international centre for many kinds of artistic experiment, represented now by the likes of the Barbara Hepworth studio and garden. The story doesn’t end there, as the area surrounding the Fal Estuary is home to a selection of private houses including the first joint work of Norman Foster and Richard Rogers and a spectacular 1964 house by Giles Blomfield.
We stay throughout at the Alverton Hotel in Truro.
This tour will be led by Alan Powers, PhD, one of the UK’s leading architectural historians, who has published widely on all aspects of 20th century architecture and design. Alan was Professor at the University of Greenwich School and currently lectures at New York University in London. His books include Modern: The Modern Movement in Britain.
Full details will be released in autumn of 2016. Contact the ACE office now to register your interest.
Alan Powers, PhD
one of the UK’s leading architectural historians
25 Apr — 29 Apr 2017
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"Alan Powers was a very genial Tour Director as well as being knowledgeable and full of anecdotes."
ACE Customer April 2017
accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £195.