Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019

Date: Saturday, Jun 15 2019 - Sunday, Sep 1 2019
Venue: Royal West of England Academy

A major exhibition tracing the representation of fire in British art across the last four centuries; exploring the symbolism and meaning the element has had for artists throughout history.

Third in a series of element-themed exhibitions at the RWA, bringing together a number of important historic, modern and contemporary artworks. In turns destructive and creative, fearsome and fascinating, fire is a subject loaded with symbolism, ritual and emotion.

Fire… will include significant artists such as J.M.W. Turner, Joseph Wright of Derby, William Blake, John Martin, Stanley Spencer, Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham, Eric Ravilious, Jeremy Deller, Tim Shaw, Susan Hiller, David Nash, Douglas Gordon and Cornelia Parker.

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June 15-Sept 1, Tue-Sat 10am-5.30pm / Sun 11am-5pm. For more info, visit

Pictured: JB Pyne, Bristol Riots: The Burning of the Toll Houses, Prince Street Bridge (1832, detail)

By steve wright, Thursday, May 16 2019

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