Kathleen Walne, Girl Sitting by Fire, watercolour, 35x26cm, 1930's

Kathleen Walne

We (Hayley Field and Jacqueline Utley) are really excited to announce our new Obscure Secure project working with Towner Eastbourne. 

The project looks at the work of artist Kathleen Walne (1915-2011). Her work is included in the Towner Collection and will be part of their upcoming exhibitions around gallerist and collector Lucy Wertheim ‘A Life in Art: Lucy Wertheim’ and ‘Reuniting the Twenties Group’, 11 June to 25 September 2022.

We fell in love with Walne’s work at Christchurch Mansion (Ipswich) back in 2014. Since 2017 we have been researching Kathleen’s work, we have met with her family and catalogued her work and archive material. 

This project is an exciting opportunity for us to develop our exploration of twentieth century women artists in collections as artist researchers from a radical position of care.

We will be working in residence at Towner during the Wertheim exhibitions, sharing our research processes and inviting visitors to become active researchers. We are producing a new publication that will be launched in September 2022 at a discussion event at Towner, which will focus on issues around gender imbalance and the underrepresentation of women artists in collections. 

We will be adding to the Kathleen Walne project page and sharing our research processes over the next eight months (May – December 2022).

Funded by Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants