A thorough investigation of the work of 20th-century artist Gluck brings together 30 rarely seen paintings and extensive personal ephemera.
This major new exhibition explores the life and work of an artist who became recognised not only for their work but also as a trailblazer for gender fluidity.
After attending art school in London and running away to Cornwall with fellow students during World War I, the artist mixed with the Newlyn School of painters and adopted the name Gluck, demanding ‘no prefix, suffix, or quotes’. They became known in the inter-war years for their portraits, landscapes and seascapes, and in the 1930s for floral paintings influenced by society florist Constance Spry.
Taking an experimental approach, the exhibition also presents artefacts from Gluck’s life, including clothing, accessories, photographs, press cuttings and personal ephemera. It forms part of Wear it Out, a project exploring the cultural heritage of dress of LGBTQ communities in Sussex 1917-2017 and looking at how dress is used to express identities and sexualities.