Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Vincent's house restoration

It's taken a while but work is finally well under way at 87 Hackford Road, van Gogh's former residence in Stockwell. Behind the hoardings painted by Benjamin Brown  there's a real hive of activity. Every centimetre from the roof down is being painstakingly restored and where possible the original materials are being reused. The contractors are Triskele Conservation, a highly skilled team who have worked on other buildings locally.

For more information and regular updates on progress take a look at www.vangoghhouse.co.uk

For more details about the new San Mei gallery which is already exhibiting works by a diverse range of artists check 

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Getting involved

Our history

Van Gogh Walk was opened in March 2013. At first the apprentices of Streetscape
looked after the gardens but in the summer of 2016, the funding from Lambeth ran out and
the gardens deteriorated. A new initiative was launched that autumn of 2016 by residents of Hackford Road who posted leaflets through people’s doors and held a meeting in the garden, where those who
wanted to were allocated a garden plot to look after any way they liked.

Our legacy

Over a short period of time since the community gardens group was set up, local residents have taken even more ownership of Van Gogh Walk. It has become a safer, cleaner and more peaceful space, with a greater social aspect for families, artists and visitors.

Getting involved:

As a public space we are always up for the challenge to keep the whole Walk clean and tidy, and keeping the gardens weeded and healthy. Plants need to be watered, litter picked, even the occasional fly-tipping happens that requires someone to notify the local council. Here are some ways you can get involved:
• Pick up a piece of litter, or pull a weed when you pass by
• Path/street sweeping
• Help water gardens during the summer periods
• Become a garden sharer and work with friends on one plot
• Learn more about gardening by working with a seasoned gardener
• For serious gardeners – Look after a whole plot


We are now holding monthly working sessions on the last Sunday of every month for
anyone who wants to come. We pick up rubbish, do some weeding or watering, either on our own plots or someone else’s, trying to be careful not to root up anyone’s precious seedlings! Then we have a cup of tea and some biscuits and a natter.
To find out more please email Sue: sue.bowen.vangogh@gmail.com

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Van Gogh in Britain is coming to the Tate

Tate Britain today announced that it will open a major exhibition about Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in March 2019. Van Gogh and Britain will be the first exhibition to take a new look at the artist through his relationship with Britain. It will explore how Van Gogh was inspired by British art, literature and culture throughout his career and how he in turn inspired British artists, from Walter Sickert to Francis Bacon.
Bringing together the largest group of Van Gogh paintings shown in the UK for nearly a decade, Van Gogh and Britain will include over 40 works by the artist from public and private collections around the world. They include L'Arlésienne 1890 from Museu de Arte de São Paolo, Starry Night on the Rhône 1888 from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Shoes from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and the rarely loaned Sunflowers 1888 from the National Gallery, London. The exhibition will also feature late works including two painted by Van Gogh in the Saint-Paul asylum, At Eternity’s Gate 1890 from the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo and Prisoners Exercising 1890 from the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow.
Van Gogh spent several crucial years in London between 1873 and 1876, writing to his brother Theo, ‘I love London’. Arriving as a young trainee art dealer, the vast modern city prompted him to explore new avenues of life, art and love. The exhibition will reveal Van Gogh’s enthusiasm for British culture during his stay and his subsequent artistic career. It will show how he responded to the art he saw, including works by John Constable and John Everett Millais as well as his love of British writers from William Shakespeare to Christina Rossetti. Charles Dickens in particular influenced Van Gogh’s style and subject matter throughout his career. L'Arlésienne1890, a portrait he created in the last year of his life in the south of France, features a favourite book by Dickens in the foreground.
Alex Farquharson, Director, Tate Britain said:
Vincent van Gogh is without a doubt one of the greatest and most influential artists of all time. His stay in Britain changed his vision of the world and himself, encouraging him to become an artist. This is an exciting opportunity for us to reveal the impact Britain had on Van Gogh as well as the enormous influence he had on British artists. Tate’s last Van Gogh exhibition was in 1947 and introduced his work to a whole generation of artists working in Britain. We’re thrilled to be welcoming so many important and ground breaking paintings to the gallery.
The exhibition will also explore Van Gogh’s passion for British graphic artists and prints. Despite his poverty, he searched out and collected around 2,000 engravings, most from English magazines such as the Illustrated London News. ‘My whole life is aimed at making the things from everyday life that Dickens describes and these artists draw’ he wrote in his first years as a struggling artist. He returned to these prints in his final months, painting his only image of London, Prisoners Exercising, from Gustave Doré’s print of Newgate Prison.
Tracing Van Gogh from his obscure years in London to the extraordinary national fame he achieved in the 1950s, the exhibition will show how his uncompromising art and life paved the road for modern British artists like Matthew Smith, Christopher Wood and David Bomberg. It will conclude with an important group of portraits by Francis Bacon based on a Van Gogh self-portrait known only from photographs since its destruction by wartime bombing. To artists like Bacon, and the British public at large, Van Gogh epitomised the idea of the embattled, misunderstood artist, set apart from mainstream society.
Van Gogh and Britain will be at Tate Britain from 27 March to 11 August 2019. The exhibition is curated by Carol Jacobi, Curator of British Art 1850-1915, Tate Britain and Chris Stephens, Director of Holburne Museum, Bath with Van Gogh specialist Martin Bailey and Hattie Spires, Assistant Curator Modern British Art, Tate Britain. It will be accompanied by a major catalogue from Tate Publishing and a programme of talks and events in the gallery.