14 February 2020
Announcing a new commission by the Hyman Collection. Heather Agyepong's new series Wish You Were Here.
To celebrate Valentine's Day we are delighted to announce that the Hyman Collection has commissioned a new series of work by Heather Agyepong. Entitled Wish You Were Here, it is inspired by life of the Queen of the Cake Walk, Ada Overton Walker, who was born on this day 140 years ago. The new series will be unveiled shortly.
29 January 2020
Loans to the exhibition Masculinities. Liberation through Photography at the Barbican Art Gallery.
Claire and James Hyman are delighted to loan Anna Fox's important series of works My Mother's Cupboards and My Father's Words to the Barbican exhibition Masculinities. Liberation through Photography. 20 Feb - 17 May 2020.
17 January 2020
Loans to the exhibition Bill Brandt / Henry Moore
Claire and James Hyman are delighted to be major lenders to the pioneering exhibition Bill Brandt/Henry Moore, which opens at Hepworth Wakefield before travelling to the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven USA. The 16 vintage photographs from the Hyman Collection include portraits of Henry Moore, famous images of people sheltering in the London Underground during the Blitz, London at Night, bomb damage, and poverty in Northern England.
This exhibition explores the parallel and intersecting paths of these two great artists of the 20th century. The exhibition is organised by the Yale Center for British Art in partnership with The Hepworth Wakefield and is accompanied by a major new book published by Yale University Press.
1 January 2020
The Bodleian Library, Oxford receives a gift of 100 pictures from Claire and James Hyman
The Bodleian Library Expands its Collection of Modern and Contemporary British Photographs with a gift from the London-based collectors Claire and James Hyman.
This gift of British photography is the second major donation by the Hyman Collection. It follows the gift of 125 photographs to The Yale Center for British Art (New Haven, USA) in 2017.
24 December 2019
The Hyman Collection. British Photography. Annual Update. 2019
Four years ago we launched www.britishphotography.org to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource. Since then we have continued to develop the collection and the range of our activities. These include donations to public institutions, museum loans, new commissions and acquisitions.
15 November 2019
New Acquisitions. Jo Spence. Cinderella
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired a series of rare laminated exhibition panels by Jo Spence as well as the original copy of her thesis "Fairy Tales and Photography... or, another look at Cinderella". Spence's thesis, submitted in June 1982, looked back to the evolution of the Cinderella story, its present incarnations in advertising and in the press - focused on the imagery of the Royal Wedding - and forward to her future practise as an artist. A pivotal document, at one of the crucial moments in Spence's career, this thesis at over 240 pages, is a feast of images and ideas that stand at the heart of Spence's work. The laminated panels, from 1984, build from this engagement with Cinderella and also look forward to the centrality of health issues in her later work.
18 September 2019
New Acquisitions. Helen Sear
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired two of the major works from Helen Sear's solo exhibiiton in the Welsh Pavillion at the Venice Biennale in 2015.
24 July 2019
New Acquisitions. David Hurn
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired over forty vintage photographs from the 1960s by David Hurn. The photographs including British pictures, including Herne Bay in Kent and Soho in London, as well as from his travel in Europe.
24 June 2019
New Acquisitions. Jim Mortram
The Hyman Collection is pleased to have acquired a special portfolio of works from Jim Mortram's powerful book and exhibition, Small Town Inertia. These photographs present the lives of people in his community near Dereham, a small town in Norfolk. Dereham is no different from thousands of other communities throughout Britain, where increasing numbers of people struggle to survive at a time of welfare cuts and failing health services. Mortram shows the lives of people in his community who, through physical and mental problems and a failing social security system, face isolation and loneliness in their daily lives. His work covers difficult subjects such as disability, addiction and self-harm, but is always with hope and dignity, focusing upon the strength and resilience of the people he photographs. Often the work is accompanied by texts in which the subjects are given a voice.
27 November 2018
The Hyman Collection. Annual Update. 03. Autumn 2018
Three years ago we launched www.britishphotography.org to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource. Since then we have continued to develop the collection and the range of our activities.
22 November 2018
Paloma Tendero. New Acquisitions
We are delighted to have acquired a major 12 part self-portrait work by London-based artist Paloma Tendero, as well as a related sculpture.
13 July 2018 to 22 April 2019
Modern Nature. Photographs from the Hyman Collection, Hepworth Wakefield
We are delighted that the Hepworth Wakefield (Museum of the Year 2017) have curated an exhibition from British photography in the Hyman Collection. "Modern Nature includes around 60 photographs taken since the end of the Second World War, through the beginnings of de-industrialisation, to the present day. It explores the merging of urban and rural landscapes, the rapid expansion of cities and the increasingly intrusive management of the countryside. Rather than present a Romantic dichotomy between the rural and the urban, the exhibition presents a more contemporary sensibility that is frequently situated in the edgelands, the often scruffy margins, in which town blurs countryside."
HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD PRESS RELEASE PDF