Tate Britain’s new exhibition introduces the extraordinary works of Britain’s unsung artists. Discover the entertaining and surprising works of some of Britain’s unsung artists in the first major exhibition of British Folk Art.The funny, moving and remarkable objects on show include everything from ships’ figureheads to quirky shop signs, Toby jugs to elaborately crafted quilts.
You will find an intricate sculpture of a cockerel, made out of mutton bones by French POWs during the Napoleonic wars. There is a larger-than-life-size figure of King Alfred made out of thatch. There are examples of the mysterious ‘god in a bottle’ – votive offerings suspended in bottles of clear liquid – as well as naive paintings, tin trays covered with ornate fragments of crockery and much more besides. The show exemplifies the energy, variety and idiosyncrasy of British Folk Art.
British Folk Art runs until the 31 August 2014 at the Tate Britain and then will be touring to Compton Verney from 27 September 2014 to 14 December 2014 as part of Compton Verney’s 10th anniversary celebrations.