Watch ‘Collecting Joan Eardley’

The recording of my talk ‘Collecting Joan Eardley’ for the Hunterian Art Gallery can now be viewed on their YouTube channel.

A still from the recording of my talk ‘Collecting Joan Eardley’ for the Hunterian Art Gallery,
featuring her Salmon Net Posts, c.1961, Tate: Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery in 1986
(c) Estate of Joan Eardley

Celebrating Joan Eardley

The talk is about the acquisition of Joan Eardley’s work for UK public collections, from Inverness to Hampshire. I gave it to accompany the Hunterian’s Celebrating Joan Eardley display, which consists of works by her in their collection and runs until 8 May 2022.

Installation shot of the Celebrating Joan Eardley display at the Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow,
which runs until 8 May 2022

Glasgow Close

As you can see on the far right of the installation photograph above, the display includes Eardley’s Glasgow Close of 1960, which was presented to the Hunterian by Professor Alec L. Macfie in 1973. He was Adam Smith Professor of Political Economy at Glasgow University from 1945 until 1958. Professor Macfie donated his collection of 19th and 20th-century Scottish art to the Hunterian, including eight paintings by Eardley which were accessioned in 1973 and 1979.

A screenshot of the Art Uk curation ‘From the Highlands to Hampshire: Collecting Joan Eardley
featuring her Children and Chalked Wall No.2, 1963, purchased by Lakeland Arts in 1963
(c) Estate of Joan Eardley

From the Highlands to Hampshire

My talk was based on research which also informed an Art Uk curation which I edited, ‘From the Highlands to Hampshire: Collecting Joan Eardley‘. This features one work by the artist in each of the thirty-six UK public collections in which her paintings are held, in geographical order from north to south. One of my favourites is Children and Chalked Wall No. 2 of 1963, which was purchased that year by Lakeland Arts. Another important work is A Field by the Sea – Summer, which was acquired by the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture from the artist in 1962.

Joan Eardley (1921-63), A Field by the Sea – Summer; c.1962
Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture, Edinburgh: Purchased 1962 (c) Estate of Joan Eardley

Joan Eardley Centenary

All of these initiatives were part of the celebrations of the centenary of Eardley’s birth in 1921, in collaboration with the artist’s Estate and SWARN, the Scottish Women and the Arts Research Network. You can find out more about this here and here. Eardley also appears in my Harvest Time and School’s Out for Summer blogs.

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