British Folk Art



Exhibition, Tate Britain, London, UK, until 31 August.
Steeped in tradition and often created by self-taught artists and artisans, the often humble but remarkable objects in this exhibition include everything from ships’ figureheads to quirky shop signs, Toby jugs to elaborately crafted quilts. On view is an intricate sculpture of a cockerel made out of mutton bones by French POWs during the Napoleonic wars. There is also a larger-than-life-size figure of King Alfred made out of thatch, along with examples of the mysterious ‘god in a bottle’ – votive offerings suspended in bottles of clear liquid, as well as naïve paintings, tin trays covered with ornate fragments of crockery, and much more.