2020 Art in Isolation
Like everyone else, over January and February we watched with increasing horror as Coronavirus spread around the world. With Claire working in the NHS we were acutely aware of the issues within London hospitals, especially after she was redeployed to work in ITU (intensive care) on the Covid ward. So in mid March we decided to do a fundraiser in which all profits would go to the NHS. We were very early to stage such a fundraiser and there were articles in several national papers including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail which helped to generate sales. From April it was also amazing to witness an incredible sense of community and an almost overwhelming number of fundraising initiatives. We have done what we can to support these charities and have acquired works to suport the NHS, Refuge, Crisis, the Trussell Trust and Maggie's Cancer Charity. We have also bought works from the phenomenally successful #artistsupportpledge whereby artists make sales to support themselves. In this online exhibition we present some of the artworks that we have purchased for the collection with details of the fundraisers. Our support is ongoing and we will continue to add further works in the coming weeks.
Body Politics. Pictures of Health
The Hyman Collection has many works which address the human body, mental and physical health, mortality and vulnerability.
Land of Make Believe
A central aspect of the Hyman Collection's holidings of British Art addresses masquerade, performance, costume, ritual, parade. There is a strong thread of fantasy and a variety of works that respond to eccentricity, constructions of identity, and the heritage industry. From the drama of the street to more internal monologues, these mini fictions question the authenticity of what is shown.
Votes for Women
The Hyman Collection consists of an equal number of works by male and female photographers and particularly seeks to support young female phoographers. One theme of the photographs in the collection by women is identity and self-identity. In the centenary year of women getting the vote, this exhibition explores the various roles played by self-portraiture and women's photographs of other women.