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Dame Laura Knight – I Paint Today | Exhibition

One of the most significant and prolific painters of the 20th century, Dame Laura Knight (1877 – 1970) was a great celebrity in her time. Her art is as loved today as it was at the height of her fame.

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Saturday 13 January to Sunday 30 June 2024 (closed Mondays and bank holidays).

One of the most significant and prolific painters of the 20th century, Dame Laura Knight (1877 – 1970) was a great celebrity in her time. Her art is as loved today as it was at the height of her fame.

This exhibition explores Knight as an artist who grew out of the Victorian era, developing and adapting her craft through a period of tumultuous change. In 1936, she was the first female artist to be welcomed with a full membership to the Royal Academy of Arts. Her career covered both world wars, and as a war artist she famously captured the Nuremberg Trials in 1946.

Worcestershire played an important part in Knight’s life and work, the dramatic landscape of the Malvern Hills a subject of her much-loved paintings. Knight and her husband, Harold, spent long periods of time in Malvern from 1933 onwards.

As well as spectacular landscapes of Worcestershire, Yorkshire and Cornwall, she painted members of local Romani communities, alongside ballet, theatre and circus performances.

Dame Laura Knight – I Paint Today brings a stirring selection of Knight’s works to Worcestershire. Art from the Worcester City collection – including three paintings by Knight recently acquired – will be complemented by exciting loans from regional and national galleries.

Exhibition admission

Tickets are required to visit this exhibition and advance booking is available online. There are a variety of ticket options to choose from. The rest of the Art Gallery and Museum is free to visit as usual.

Online booking isn’t available on the day of your visit, but you are welcome to pay in the shop when you arrive. If you’d like to check availability, please give the team a ring on 01905 25371.

The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 10am to 3pm on Sunday. Last entry is one hour before closing.

New opening times at the Art Gallery and Museum

From Tuesday 2 January 2024, Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum will be open:

Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Sundays, 10am – 3pm.

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Image credit: Sundown, c.1955 (oil on canvas), Knight, Laura (1877-1970) / Wolverhampton Art Gallery, West Midlands, UK / © Wolverhampton Art Gallery / © Estate of Dame Laura Knight. All rights reserved 2023 / Bridgeman Images.

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