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.
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.
Sign of the Times. Word and Image in British Photography
Photographs in the Hyman Collection collection allow one to explore the use of word and image in British Photogtraphy and allow one to chart a number of strategies by which text is used to provide a commentary on what is shown or to deepen its meaning. At its most pobvious text may indicate a time or place but frequently it introduces an additional dimension whether it be humour, social commentary, political engagement or semiotic concerns. Initially embedded within the picture, by the 1970s text was increasingly used to accompany the image, often screenprinted beneath it, to direct the viewer's response to what is shown in ways that may be humorous but are often subversive, ironic, satirical or polemical.