Sue Wood: New Beginnings in Ditchling – Mairet, Pepler and Brangwyn 1916-17 – Fri 22 Feb


Sue Wood: New Beginnings in Ditchling – Mairet, Pepler and Brangwyn 1916-17 – Fri 22 Feb


Lunchtime Lecture
Friday 22 February


WW1 was a time of upheaval and changing perspectives for many of the artists who came to make Ditchling their home. This talk examines the very different wartime experiences of Philip Mairet, Frank Brangwyn and Hillary Pepler, all of whom moved to Ditchling during the war.

Mairet, whose wife Ethel met Pepler in 1916 and decided to move her weaving workshop to the village, is recorded as being a conscientious objector. However, his wartime story is more complex than this: in 1916 he spent a traumatic year treating casualties from the front line at Verdun before having a crisis of belief inspired by a Serbian guru.

Brangwyn also wrestled with his conscience: his initial enthusiasm for designing recruitment posters was tempered when his nephew, inspired by one of his uncle’s posters to sign up, died in combat. Brangwyn was born in Bruges, and supported many charitable projects to support refugees and help rebuild churches in Europe, both during and after the war.

Pepler, disillusioned with life in London and declared medically unfit for the military, moved his printing business to Ditchling in 1916. The wartime output of St. Dominic’s Press gives a unique and unexpected insight into the activities and perspectives of artists including Pepler’s close friends Eric Gill and Edward Johnston, showing how the seeds of the post-war Guild were sown during these troubled years.

£4 + £0.50 online booking fee, or £4 if you book over the phone (01273 844744)  (cost includes a cup of tea or coffee)

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