Penlee House Gallery & Museum to reopen with exciting new exhibition

14th May 2021 in Penlee House

After four and a half long months, the doors of Penlee House Gallery & Museum will finally reopen to visitors on Monday 17 May 2021 from 10am with a brand new exhibition!

Laura Knight: A Celebration, is a major new exhibition that celebrates the career of one of Britain’s best-loved artists.

The exhibition is an overview of Knight’s entire career and focuses on several different genres; beginning with her early years, the flowering of her work in Cornwall before the First World War, through her portraiture and on to her later years painting the Gypsy dynasties in Malvern.

Her 1930s designs for china and glass are included, as are her posters for London Transport and London North Eastern Railway (LNER). There are powerful paintings of women working during the Second World War, and her deeply affecting painting of the Dock at the Nuremburg War Trials. Her work on ballet, theatre and circus subjects highlights her passion for back-stage life and her deep respect for performers. 

Laura Knight (1877-1970) Allez Oop! aka The Finishing Horse, 1954, Oil on canvas 
© Reproduced with permission of The Estate of Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2021. All Rights Reserved / Bridgeman Images
Laura Knight (1877-1970) Allez Oop! aka The Finishing Horse, 1954, Oil on canvas
© Reproduced with permission of The Estate of Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2021. All Rights Reserved / Bridgeman Images

The exhibition has been made possible with support from the Weston Loan Programme and the Friends of Penlee House Gallery & Museum. Created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund, the Weston Loan Programme is the first ever UK-wide funding scheme to enable smaller and local authority museums to borrow works of art and artefacts from national collections.

Laura Knight: A Celebration will be on display at Penlee House until 15 September 2021.

Pre-booking for visiting the gallery is essential – to book your ticket please visit Penlee’s website.

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