The Art of the South Coast

A Lecture or Study Day Exploring British Identity and the South Coast

This talk will explore the role of the South Coast in helping to define notions of ‘Englishness’ and of popular culture within a wider sense of ‘British’ identity. It will look at the creation of Georgian Brighton at the time of Britain’s newly acquired commercial empire. It will then compare Chinese and Moorish influences on the Royal Pavilion with the arrival of ‘suntrap modernism’ and the international style at the De la Warr Pavilion during the 1930’s.

The talk will focus on Charleston, the country retreat of the Bloomsbury Group, and the revival of Georgian water colours and seaside popular culture championed by Paul Nash, John Piper and Eric Ravilious. It will explain how views of the chalk coastline became emblematic of England’s resistance in 1940. It will look at the post-war world of Brighton Rock, mods and rockers and Quadrophenia. Finally, it will compare the contemporary role of the Turner Art Gallery in Margate, the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings and the newly refurbished Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne to the 1930’s marketing of the ‘Conqueror’s Coast’.


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The Art of the South Coast