This February, an impressive selection of paintings from one of the world’s largest collections of British contemporary and modern art is on display at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens as part of new exhibition, Received Wisdom.

Celebrating age and creativity, Received Wisdom challenges the idea that creativity and innovation are the preserve of youth by bringing together a dynamic and thought-provoking collection of art created by older artists.

From celebrated artists who have been working all their lives, or those whose art has only received recognition in their later years, to artists who only began producing art in their 60s or 70s – the breadth and range of the artworks on show are truly inspiring.

Pieces by Lubaina Himid – a pioneer of the Black Arts movement in the 1980s who was awarded the famous Turner Prize in 2017 – will go on show alongside work by artists including Amikam Toren, Phyllida Barlow, John Sheehy, Elisabeth Vellacott and more.

The major contemporary British art exhibition is the first in a three-year partnership with the acclaimed Arts Council Collection after Sunderland was chosen as one of just three
places nationwide to be part of the Collection’s National Partnership Programme.

The exhibition is accompanied by a jam-packed event programme suitable for all ages. These include adult art classes for those wanting to try a new creative skill, Creative Age sessions for older people with dementia, an Easter Art School, and plenty of free, fun family events to enjoy!


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