70th Anniversary – Art at The Festival of Britain (1951)

Art History

Day course

Dr Jan Cox

16 February 2021


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The course examines the art at the great 1951 festival, including the “60 for ‘51″ art competition, folk art, and the murals and sculpture that decorated the festival site.

Seventy years ago, in 1951, the Festival of Britain attracted over eight million visitors and was a turning point in British art, with 60 artists invited to produce large pictures for a competition named “60 for ’51”. To this we can add the decoration of the festival that included sculpture by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Jacob Epstein, and huge murals by Keith Vaughan, Graham Sutherland and John Piper. There was even a place for folk art under the banner “Black Eyes and Lemonade”.

Tutor information

Dr. Jan D. Cox has been awarded a BA (Hons) by Oxford Brookes University, an MA from Bristol, and a PhD from the University of Leeds. He specialises in nineteenth-century Nordic art and British art of the twentieth century. He is on the tutor board for both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and has lectured in Canada, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Norway, and the UK.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.