Exhibition: The Family in British Art, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, until April 29 2012
© Alison Jackson / Hamiltons Gallery
From Vanessa Bell’s portrayal of a dozing Virginia Woolf and Sarah Jones’s stuffy dining rooms to boisterous garden scenes from Stanley Spencer and fake photos of the royal family stage-managed by Alison Jackson, images of family are a good place to start in an exploration of British art across the last couple of centuries.
There are more than 65 historic and contemporary works here, taken from the Tate, the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery and Sheffield’s own impressive collections, taking in artists including William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough, Tracey Emin and Rachel Whiteread.
Martin Parr’s Two Children eat Ice-creams on the Seafront, from the 1986 series Last Resort: Photographs of New Brighton, also features.
“The concept of family means many different things to different people,” says Curator Louisa Briggs.
“This wonderful collection of work illustrates just how radically the British idea of family and the way it’s been represented has changed over the centuries.”
- Open 10am-5pm (11am-4pm Sunday). Admission free.
© Museums Sheffield
© Courtesy Jonathan Leaman / Beaux Arts Gallery
© Collection of Laing Art Gallery, Tyne and Wear Archive and Museums
© Tate, London 2011, courtesy Maureen Paley
© Bradford Museums and Galleries