Brazen, political and provocative works take centre stage in this exhibition which explores the values and beliefs of the extraordinary group of craftspeople and artists living in Ditchling at the turn of the 20th Century.
The pieces in Disruption, Devotion + Distributism are drawn from a major acquisition of over 400 St Dominic’s Press pamphlets and posters, acquired through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2017. The private press was set up by printer Hilary Pepler and published a wide range of material including books and pamphlets for The Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic and other artists and thinkers sharing their philosophy around craftsmanship and life.
These special items are now displayed in public for the first time with over 100 objects having been brought together for the exhibition. Printed material is presented alongside items from the museum’s permanent collection to offer a compelling perspective on the ideas and philosophy which drove the artists’ move to Ditchling. The exhibition includes never-before-seen pieces by Eric Gill, Ethel Mairet and Valentine KilBride.