In October, The Salisbury Museum will mount the first retrospective exhibition devoted to the life and work of weaver, painter and ceramicist John Hinchcliffe. Focusing on Hinchcliffe’s experimentalism, his love of colour, and his immense and varied output, this comprehensive exhibition will reveal much about the character of the artist whilst contemplating every aspect of his work.
Guest curated by his wife and design partner, Wendy Barber, this exhibition will show how his versatility and dexterity of expression marks him as one of the foremost British craftsmen of the twentieth century.
It will include works never before exhibited including experimental constructions and paintings and will illustrate how Hinchcliffe's fascination with materials and surface decoration consistently challenged him to push the boundaries, leading him to work with woven and printed textiles, ceramics, paint and printmaking.
It will also consider the importance of Salisbury and the surrounding area to Hinchcliffe’s work, including his groundbreaking exhibition of majolica ceramics at Salisbury Arts Centre in 1983. From 1991, except for a short spell in Normandy, he lived in Blandford Forum in Dorset, whilst his experimental studio in Sixpenny Handley, only 14 miles from Salisbury, was a commercial and artistic success, exporting ceramics throughout the world and rooting Hinchcliffe’s career in the local vicinity from 1986-91.
Co-curators: Wendy Barber and Jac Arnold
Consultant: Professor Simon Olding