Revolutionary Red Tape is a four-year research project funded by the British Academy and led by Dr Emma West. It explores how pioneering public servants, artists and administrators worked to increase public access to the arts in modern Britain. I'll be sharing research, news and updates on this blog as I go along.
As part of the Lucy Writers series Postcards in Isolation, edited by Rochelle Roberts, I've written about Barbara Hepworth's 1965 sculpture Spring.
I've been finding traces of the original owner between the pages of these 1920s - 1950s art and design magazines.
A guest post by Natalie Bradbury exploring the life and work of the artist, educationalist and founder of the Pictures for Schools scheme, Nan Youngman.
I'm spending time under lockdown with an extraordinary collection of 1920s - 1950s art and design magazines.
My article on the Arts League of Service has been published in the academic journal Modernist Cultures.
A guest post by Rebecca Savage exploring the life and work of the overlooked poster artist, designer, author, illustrator and Head of BBC Children's Television Freda Lingstrom.
The third Advocates for the Arts post explores the life and work of Ana M. Berry, the South American modern art enthusiast, writer and educator.
I'm sharing my research on women at the Arts League of Service and Artists International Association at the Radical Women Symposium at Pallant House next month.
A BBC documentary, Secrets of British Animation, shines a light on the experimental animations made by Len Lye and Lotte Reiniger for the GPO during the 1930s.
For the second piece in the Advocates for the Arts series, I'm celebrating the work of painter, illustrator and muralist Mary Adshead (1904-1995), especially her wartime murals for Birmingham.