Doctoral Candidate: Rachel Flynn

New research into the Graham Sutherland Collection is being conducted as part of a three-year (2008-2011) doctoral research project in a collaboration between Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales and the University of Bristol and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The museum holds a large collection of works by the twentieth-century British artist Graham Sutherland. The core of the collection was initially bequeathed to the Graham Sutherland Gallery at Picton Castle in Pembrokeshire before being transferred to the museum. Sutherland was inspired by the Welsh landscape and wrote that “having gained so much from this country, I should like to give something back”. The museum also holds the artist's extensive personal archive including letters, newspaper clippings, photographs, books, studio equipment and ‘found objects'.

The primary outcomes of this research project are the production of a scholarly thesis and the publication of research findings, the dissemination of research at academic conferences and though public talks, information about the collection being made available on the museum's website, and a display of material from the collection (June — October 2011). These activities will enable greater access to and understanding of the collection and archive for a range of audiences.

Artists in Focus: Graham Sutherland (11 June — 30 October 2011)