Paintings, Passions and Alarms: Sonia Lawson RA

14 Nov 2015 – 7 Feb 2016

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Opening times are 10am – 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday and 2 – 5pm on Sundays. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays. Closes at 4pm from November to March.

Cost of entry

Free entry

Mercer Art Gallery

Harrogate, United Kingdom


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Paintings, Passions and Alarms is a major retrospective exhibition celebrating the creative work of painter Sonia Lawson RA.


This ambitious show brings together paintings from the 1960’s to the present with loans from a variety of collections including Museums Sheffield and Arts Council England.

Paintings, Passions and Alarms is a journey through the range of themes explored within Lawson’s work, from her early work derived from the landscape, rural and industrial, which is bold and Expressionist in style, through to more personal themes in her later work.

Curator Jane Sellars comments: “This major exhibition charts the essential relationship between Lawson’s work and her life experience, from the 1950s to the present. Her passion for painting coincided with maternal love, literary sensibilities and a powerful sense of political justice. She explored various art media, but it is her large-scale oils on canvas, the big subject pieces, that soar with her powers as a painter.”

Paintings, Passions and Alarms is at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate from 14 November to 7 February 2016. 

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Jane Sellars


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