Fifty members from The Arts Society West Midlands area attended the Head, Hand and Heart Special Interest day at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on 17 October, the last in a series of SI days organised by outgoing ACE, Margaret Locke.
The morning was taken up with two excellent illustrated lectures by Professor Anne Anderson on the informal ‘Birmingham Group’, now relatively unknown but influential, artist-craftsmen, working in Birmingham in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, whose members also overlapped with other, more formal organisations, including the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, the Ruskin Pottery and the Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts. Professor Anderson examined not only their work and legacy but also how they were influenced by leading artists like Birmingham-born Edward Burne-Jones, and William Morris.
After lunch two groups alternated with visits to the BMAG’s galleries with Professor Anderson to view some of their work, and to St. Philip’s Cathedral, hosted by Head of Heritage, Jane McArdle, whose passionate appreciation of the remarkable Burne-Jones windows was an apt follow-on to the morning’s lectures.
WM Area Committee Chairman, Carolyn Trevor-Jones, with Professor Anderson, and the members' visit to St Philip's Cathedral, with Jane McArdle