It may be holiday season, but the festival continues! This month we bring together performances, exhibitions, walking tours and summer schools taking place all over the country:

Blue plaque to Lee Miller and Roland Penrose, 21 Downshire Hill. Photo: Marilyn Greene

Hampstead’s Pioneers of Modern Art

3 August, 11:00 am, meet at Hampstead tube station

In the first half of the 20th century Hampstead was home to some of the era’s most pioneering artists. We will walk in the footsteps of the Slade School artists such as Mark Gertler, Stanley Spencer and R.W. Nevinson who socialised in Downshire Hill with the artistic Carline family.

We will hear of their loves, hates and reactions to the First World War. A small diversion will take us to the Vale of Health where the former Vale of Health Hotel was situated and we will see the site of the old Hampstead fairground painted by both Stanley Spencer and Mark Gertler. In Downshire Hill we will also discuss the role that Roland Penrose, Margaret Gardiner and Fred and Diana Uhlman played in the art world in the years leading up to, and during, the Second World War. We walk to Belsize Park to learn of the Modernists including Henry Moore, Piet Mondrian and Barbara Hepworth whom Herbert Read described as living as a “nest of gentle artists” and conclude with the refugee designers who stayed at the Isokon flats before moving to pastures new.

The walk is led by guide and art historian, Marilyn Greene


Rudolf Laban in his workshop at Darlington Hall in 1938. Photo: Reproduced from The Laban Art of Movement Guild Magazine, December 1954

The Laban Summer School

16 to 18 August

University of Bedfordshire, Bedford Campus

Every year The Laban Guild holds a Summer School which explores the work of modern dance pioneer Rudolf Laban in a contemporary context.

The work of Laban, who took refuge in the UK from Germany in 1938, gained great popularity in dance and physical education and still plays a key role in actor training. This year lead tutor Anna Carlisle offers a day based on Further Laban Studies for more experienced practitioners, followed by site specific choreography, while Cathy Washbrooke will offer a variety of sessions for those newer to Laban’s work. Other experienced Laban-based practitioners contributing to the course include Darren Royston, Rhyan Parry and Uma O’Neill.


Detail of the mural ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ painted in 1944 by Hans Feibusch, in the crypt at St Elisabeth’s Church, Eastbourne.

The Pilgrim’s Progress Story

17 August to 1 September

Martyrs’ Gallery, Star Brewery, Lewes

Private View: Friday 16 August, 6pm

Martyrs’ Gallery is presenting an exhibition of words and images that depicts and celebrates Hans Feibusch’s allegorical mural Pilgrim’s Progress.

Pilgrim’s Progress was created in 1944 and uses John Bunyan’s allegorical story to tell Feibusch’s own story of escape from Nazi Germany and his arrival in 1930s England. It was painted for the crypt of St Elisabeth’s Church in Eastbourne and presented as a gift to the local community, but is now under threat of demolition unless enough money can be raised to remove it to a new site for public display once again. The exhibition is part of the Lewes Artwave Festival.


Florian Kaplick on the way to the site of Hutchinson Camp, Isle of Man, Photo: Toby S Gregory

Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonate

24 August

Cample Mill, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire

Performed by Florian Kaplick

As part of CAMPLE LINE’s Summer 2019 Edition, Florian Kaplick will perform Kurt Schwitters’ sound poem Ursonate, a vocal piece consisting of four movements, an overture and finale.

Schwitters, who came to Britain in 1940, began writing Ursonate in 1922 and first performed it in 1925 before publishing it in 1932 as ‘Sonate in Urlauten’ (Sonata in Primordial Sounds). Comprising repeated abstract sounds that involve physical vocal performance, Schwitters noted: ‘The fourth movement, long-running and quick, comes as a good exercise for the reader’s lungs.’ Kaplick will also read some shorter Schwitters poems in English/German, including a new interpretation of Schwitters’ famous poem An Anna Blume (1919).

A musician and performance artist as well as a psychiatrist and lecturer, Florian Kaplick has a special interest in Schwitters’ sound poetry.


The Freuds in Hampstead Walking Tour

25 August, 11am

Hampstead, London

Explore the memories of the Freud family in Hampstead in this walk led by Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky.

Sigmund Freud escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna in 1938 to ‘die in freedom’ and his home in Hampstead became a magnet for other European refugees. But he was not the only Freud to leave his mark in NW3.

This walking tour profiles Sigmund and his friends, his daughter Anna whose work with children continues to this day in Maresfield Gardens and his son, Ernst, an architect whose modernist houses remain as a testament to his talent.