Saturday Talk 25th September: Harold Mockford - Strange South Downs


Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.


Places are limited. Reserve your seat here.


Refreshments will be available at the bar.


This is a fundraiser even to begin much needed repairs and work to create the Arts Hub for Fitzroy House, one in which it expands to become a place to tell stories through paintings, ceramics, poetry and spoken word,music, film, performing arts and theatre, and collaborations of mixed media.


Julian Bell will talk about Harold Mockford, the great senior artist of this region of England. The oil paintings of Mockford, who was born in Eastbourne in 1932, deliver a unique poetic vision of downland landscape that has long held the admiration of his fellow Sussex artists. Julian will try to put this work in context, relating it to other art of the locality and to the history Mockford has lived through.

Julian Bell is a highly-established painter as well as the author of What Is Painting? and Mirror of the World. He teaches at the Royal Drawing School and is editor of Ways of Drawing, a set of artists' reflections on the practice. Julian is a regular art contributor to the London Review of Books and New York Review of Books. Julian was born in 1952 and descends from the Bloomsbury Group: his grandmother is Vanessa Bell, his grand-aunt Virginia Woolf and his father Quentin Bell.


An exhibition of new paintings by Julian Bell, entitled Plain, will open at the Star Brewery Gallery, Lewes on 1 October 2021.