Sir John Hurt painted all his life, at the age of 17 he attended The Grimsby Art School (now the East Coast School of Art and Design) and in 1959 won a scholarship to St. Martin's School of Art (now Central Saint Martin’s) in London. Most of the paintings in the exhibition have been loaned by his wife Anwen, Lady Hurt who said ‘Whenever anyone referred to John’s painting as a ‘hobby’ he was quick to point out that painting was not something he did for relaxation or a bit of fun, he took it every bit as seriously as he took his acting career’. Sir John Hurt lived in Norfolk until his death in 2017.
To coincide with the exhibition of his paintings a short series of Sir John Hurt’s films will be screened, curated from his personal favourites by his wife. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with Anwen Hurt, in conversation with special guests including Richard Kwietniowski, writer, director and John’s long-time friend and collaborator. The films are The Hit directed by Stephen Frears (cert 18, 1984), The Field (cert 12, Jim Sheridan 1990) and Kwietniowski’s Love & Death on Long Island (cert 15, 1997)