Video: British Folk Art at Tate Britain

Published 10 June 2014

Broadcaster and folk-lover Verity Sharp pays a visit to Tate's beautiful new exhibition.

British Folk Art: The House That Jack Built is the first significant exhibition of British folk art at a national gallery, and includes nearly 200 paintings, sculptures, textiles and other objects, spanning the 17th to 20th centuries.

Folk art has struggled to find serious recognition in Britain and is rarely considered in the context of art history. Tate Britain's exhibition brings together examples by a number of prominent folk artists, such as George Smart the tailor of Frant, embroiderer Mary Linwood and Cornish painter Alfred Wallis, in order to reevaluate the important role folk art has played in shaping British culture.

In our video, Verity Sharp introduces some of the highlights of the show, and tells the riveting stories behind them – from a bone-sculpture made by a prisoner of war to a patchwork quilt made by a couple in love, celebrating their engagement.

British Folk Art: The House That Jack Built is at Tate Britain, London, until 31 August. Get 50% off entry with the National Art Pass.

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