RWA: Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019

Sat, 15/06/2019 - Sun, 01/09/2019

A major exhibition tracing the representation of fire in British art across the last four centuries; exploring the symbolism and meaning the element has had for artists throughout history.

Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019, is the third in a series of element-themed exhibitions at the RWA, bringing together a number of important historic, modern and contemporary artworks. In turns destructive and creative, fearsome and fascinating, fire is a subject loaded with symbolism, ritual and emotion.

Unsurprisingly, the subject of fire has drawn in artists throughout the ages. This exhibition will examine how artists’ approaches have changed over time, recording historical, religious, domestic or natural events as well as exploring fire as a material phenomenon informed by contemporary themes and issues.

Fire will include significant artists such as J.M.W. Turner, Joseph Wright of Derby, William Blake, John Martin, Stanley Spencer, Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham, Eric Ravilious, Jeremy Deller, Tim Shaw, Susan Hiller, David Nash, Douglas Gordon and Cornelia Parker.

This exhibition shows how vital fire has been to the human experience, through technology, storytelling and symbolism and how the duality of our relationship with the element continues to fascinate in the 21st century.

15 June – 1 September 2019, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5.30pm, Sunday 11am-5pm, CLOSED Mondays

Ticket price: Adults: £7.95/Concessions: £6.75/ Under 18s and students: FREE/National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price

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Image credit: Nadège Mériau, Au Centre de la Terre II, 2011, c-type print,102 x 107cm, photograph courtesy of Kimon de Ridder © the artist 

Event location: 
RWA
Queen’s Road Clifton
Bristol BS8 1PX
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