Our current exhibitions
Inkscape: Letterpress and Linocuts by Kimprints
28 January – 30 August 2020
Using the traditional printmaking techniques of linocut and letterpress, these prints are made using the reduction technique in several layers. Influenced by railway posters and a love of typography, Kim has designed the Hitchin prints to illustrate her much loved home town, and added to the range with prints of locations around the world. Kim studied fine art at Exeter, and is currently taking a masters in Illustration and Book Arts at Cambridge School of Art, and will be teaching a printmaking workshop at the museum as part of the exhibition.
This exhibition is in The Arches, part of the Terrace Gallery.
In Our Time: triptych and other artworks by Sylvia Molloy (1914-2008)
22 August – 18 October 2020
Sylvia Molloy was an adventurous and well-known artist from England, who married in Burma (now Myanmar), escaped the Japanese invasion to live in South Africa before returning to England. After graduating from Durham with a degree in Art and English, she began teaching in St Asaph and met her husband-to-be in Cambridge. She joined him in Burma, where he was an Assistant District Officer, whose job took the newlyweds through the Shan States. Sylvia made sketches and paintings of local people. When the Japanese invaded in 1942, she left for India on the last RAF flight from the country and her husband joined her after an arduous trek. Their first son was born during the year they spent in India and their second when they came to the UK. After the war, they returned to newly-independent Burma only to flee again when terrorists assassinated the entire cabinet. Catching a ship to Durban they settled in Johannesburg, where they remained for sixteen years. Disgusted with Apartheid, the couple left South Africa and came to Letchworth Garden City in 1963. She exhibited at The Royal Academy, the Paris Salon, the Royal Australian Society of Arts as well as other galleries.