From Darkness to Light, at Mercer Art Gallery

Start Date

Wednesday 2nd Dec 2020 00:00 AM

End Date

Saturday 19th Dec 2020 00:00 AM

Location

Mercer Art Gallery Swan Road HARROGATE North Yorkshire HG1 2SA

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A new exhibition reflects on the challenges of 2020 and finds items in the permanent collections that link to challenges of the past and the brightness that followed.

From Darkness to Light

Since the Art Gallery first opened in Harrogate library in 1930, society has been through tumultuous changes, facing many testing times.

Harrogate’s curators have continued to collect art by contemporary artists throughout the ensuing decades, with work that both records our ‘darkest hours’ and which reflects new and exciting contemporary artistic styles showing life in Harrogate in brighter times.

With a collection of more than 2500 pictures, from Wyndham Lewis’s dark interpretation of the First World War to the bold colour of Alan Davie’s abstract work, darkness and light is a recurrent theme in Harrogate’s fine art collection.

From gathering storms and moonlit night scenes, dark abstracts and monochrome works into the light and warmth of summery landscapes. Scenes of parties, hints of holidays, colourful abstracts and landscapes with rainbows feature.

Nicola Baxter, exhibition curator introduces the exhibition saying, “The darkness to light theme of this exhibition was inspired by the difficult times that we have all been living through in 2020 and the idea of light, or a rainbow, of hope at the end of this. It also links to the large variety of works found in the Mercer collection, from 19th century night scenes to 21st century colourful abstracts, and the different and sometimes challenging times in which Harrogate’s past curators have continued to add to the town’s art collection. It is great to be able to bring together such a broad selection of works from the permanent collection”.

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