8 April – 3 September 2017
Free to all
A major exhibition celebrating one of Britain’s most important abstract artists.
This is the largest exhibition ever shown in the UK of the work of Gillian Ayres, a pioneer of abstract painting. Covering her career from the 1950s, when she was at the forefront of the emerging British scene, to the 1980s, it includes both major paintings and pieces from her own collection.
Ayres is known for her large canvasses and exuberant use of vibrant colour. She often visited, and for several years lived in, Wales, where among the mountains, she said, ‘One really started to see everything in paint'. Her time there had a profound influence on her painting and the works of this period are highlighted in the exhibition.
The exhibition includes interactive activities for young children with colourful trails, a dress up area, and a selection of paintings interpreted with children’s labels to encourage discussion.