We’re trying out a new way for you to make enquiries about the Collections -we’ve set up a twitter account so you can tweet us with quick questions on anything such as Epstein and the Garman family, past exhibiting artists, the architecture,
I will attempt to answer in 140 characters or post up the answers here on our blog and send a link. You can also ask questions on here, or if there’s something you want to ask without the whole internet world knowing then email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lat night, Thursday 22 October, we hosted the first of the three events which are part of The Library of Secrets residency at The New Art Gallery Walsall. For those of you who missed it, it was a lovely evening with an interesting talk by the artist Serena Korda and book sniffer and journalist Murrough O’Brien followed by a book sniffing session!
The next free event is the Great Book Club Debate on Thurs 5 Nov at 6pm and is inspired by the controversial career of Jacob Epstein. The book club will discuss banned books and ideas of literary censorship. Chaired by Serena and journalist and broadcaster Helen Brown, the book to read is Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H Lawrence.
Exiled children of parents separated either because of schooling or the 2nd WW often write home to their parents demanding the comforts of home. Theodore Garman was no exception in fact he was an innovator with demands ranging from various kinds of sock (thick) to expensive conte crayons to gloves lined with sheepskins and treacle and his most requested item a pot of jam and slippers!
Quote from one of the letters from the Epstein archive “PLEASE POST MY BEDROOM SLIPPERS… I feel lost without them”
Although these requests for Theodore’s treasured items may seem mildly comical they also represessnt evidence of pains of separation says Bob Smith.