Major Augustus John exhibition coming to Poole

An Hour at Ower, Hampshire, 1914

A major new exhibition of works by one of the most important British artists of the 20th Century opens at Poole Museum on 26 May 2018.

Augustus John (1878-1961) is the most significant artist to have lived and worked in Poole. Between 1911 and 1927, when his family home was Alderney Manor, to the north east of the town, John was Britain’s most famous living artist.

‘Augustus John: Drawn from Life’ will feature early portraits and landscapes by the Welsh-born artist famous for his colourful portrayals of life in Dorset and his Bohemian lifestyle, and whose work earned comparisons with Michelangelo, Gaugin and Matisse.

The new exhibition features around 60 art works drawn from museums and galleries such as the National Portrait Gallery and Tate, as well as from private collections around the UK. The stunning selection of pieces highlights Augustus John’s close association with south-west England, its landscape and those closely connected with the region, such as T.E.Lawrence.

Cllr John Challinor, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Culture, Borough of Poole, said: “We are looking forward to showcasing a wonderful collection of works by an artist who was lucky enough to call Dorset his home. I would encourage all Poole residents to visit this fantastic Augustus John exhibition, which is perfect for all ages and is ensured to inspire the artist in everyone.”

The exhibition is co-curated by the writer and art historian David Boyd Haycock and is organised in partnership with The Salisbury Museum. The Salisbury Museum will be host to a similar Augustus John exhibition in 2019 and is curating an exhibition about Henry Lamb in 2018 which will, in turn, come to Poole in 2019.

‘Augustus John: Drawn from Life’ will run from 26 May until 30 September 2018 and entry is free, although donations will welcomed.

The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England, the Art Fund through the RA250 programme, The Golsoncott Foundation and Farrow and Ball.


The Salisbury Museum
Henry Lamb: Out of the Shadows
26 May – 30 September 2018
Main Exhibition Galleries

No booking required
Normal admission charges apply
£8 Adults, £4 Children

Poole Museum

Augustus John: Drawn from Life
26 May – 30 September 2018 

No booking required
Free admission

A catalogue to accompany each of these exhibitions will be published by Paul Holberton publishing.

The Salisbury Museum opening hours:
Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sundays (from 27 May – 30 September) 12 midday – 5pm

The Salisbury Museum,
The Kings House,
65 The Close,

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