Anna McNay (art writer & editor)
Lauren Mason (poet)
Celia Brayfield (novelist, journalist & cultural commentator)
Harriet Tarlo (poet)
Chaired by Day Bowman (artist & curator)
Anna Barlow, Lydia Blakeley, Day Bowman, Jake Clark, Marguerite Horner, Sophie Marritt, Kitty Stirling, Judith Tucker and Amanda Wallwork.
We British love our holidays whether it’s the annual bucket and spade job or a walking trek over the countryside, the short city break and weekends away. In fact, the very act of travel not only arouses feelings of excitement and anticipation but can be said to be part and parcel of the whole ‘getting away from it all’ experience.
The exhibition Getting Away! is based on the idea of the great British holiday and its importance in both nourishing the spirit and reconnecting with the self. Even the great Samuel Johnson, known to espouse the merits of London living, wrote that: ‘The use of travelling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.’