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Eric Gill: The Body

29 April 2017 - 3 September 2017

Eric Gill Headdress

Eric Gill (1882 – 1940) was an artist of talent, craft and vision. His work is held in the permanent collections of museums across the world including Tate, V&A and British Museum in London. The typeface he designed is one of the most commonly used in the Western world and his sculptures grace the buildings of the BBC, Westminster Cathedral and the United Nations. Ditchling was Gill’s home from 1906 to 1924, a place of great innovation and creativity for the artist but also the village in which he sexually abused two of his teenage daughters.

Co-curated by Cathie Pilkington, Royal Academician and Professor of Sculpture of the Royal Academy Schools, Eric Gill: The Body features over 80 works on loan from public and private collections including a major sculpture and drawings that have never been publicly exhibited. Within Gill’s work, the human body is of central importance; this major exhibition asks whether knowledge of Gill’s disturbing biography affects our enjoyment and appreciation of his depiction of the human figure.

Eric Gill: The Body is accompanied by a major new commission by Cathie Pilkington for Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. Doll For Petra (2017) is a co-commission with Brighton Festival.

In an exhibition of over 80 works, there are a small number of drawings and wood-engravings which are sexually explicit in content.