In the winter of 1939 an extraordinary art project was begun. Beneath the spectres of invasion and aerial bombing, the Scheme for Recording the Changing Face of Britain rapidly commissioned artists to paint ‘places and buildings of characteristic national interest’.
The resulting collection of over 1500 paintings created a remarkable, yet highly selective, snapshot of a fast-changing country. Now held by the V&A, highlights from the Recording Britain collection will tour to Sheffield for the first time in 2014.
Recording Britain features paintings by prolific artists such as John Piper and Kenneth Rowntree, alongside work by contemporary artists including Richard Long, David Nash and Laura Oldfield Ford.
Millenium Galleries, Museums Sheffield, Surrey Street