A new special exhibition has just opened at Rye Art Gallery (RAG) and is available to enjoy until October 3. Thursday, August 27 was the preview and it was encouraging just how many people attended the evening, locals and some from London. The feedback was very positive about the show but also about the gallery space which is light, welcoming and spacious, to take into account social distancing.
David Lock, himself an artist and inspired by Burra’s art, curated the show which includes John Wiltshire, David Lock, Geraldine Swayne, Graham Martin and others, as well as some items of Burra from the permanent collection. David said: “When I was thinking about Edward Burra, particularly in reading ‘Well Dearie’, the letters by his friend William Chappell, I was struck by Burra’s sexuality which was bound up in his paintings, and as an embodied life his disability seemed to preclude physical relationships. In his time homosexuality was illegal, now I want to reclaim Edward Burra within the gay perspective and see him anew through the lens of the 21st century.”
Image Credits: Heidi Foster .