British Folk Art at Tate Britain


George Smart Goose Woman c 1840. Image courtesy of Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery Pinterest


Tate Britain presents the first major survey of British Folk Art. The exhibition has sourced important works from the length and breadth of the country, gathering over 100 paintings, textiles, sculptures and rare objects.

Although folk art is high profile in many countries of the world, it has been less so in Britain. It is often viewed more as something relating to social history than to art history, generally side lined when it comes to discussions of high art. This exhibition looks to bridge the gap between these perceptions, exploring the threshold between art and artefact.

A diverse range of artworks can be found here, with everything from rustic Toby jugs and carousel horses to brightly coloured ships’ figureheads on display. Although a lot of British folk art was and is created anonymously, there are some key figures who have never received the attention that they deserve. This exhibition looks to remedy this artistic injustice.

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