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Explore life stories of British artists told in their own words at The Lightbox

PUBLISHED: 20:58 28 June 2017 | UPDATED: 21:11 28 June 2017

Dame Elisabeth Frink's Baboon, 1990, Lithograph in colours  (c) The Frink Estate

Dame Elisabeth Frink's Baboon, 1990, Lithograph in colours (c) The Frink Estate

The Frink Estate

The latest exhibition at The Lightbox in Woking, In Their Own Words: Artists’ Voices from The Ingram Collection presents work by 22 British artists paired with archival audio recordings capturing their earliest memories.

William Gear's Winter Study, 1955, Oil on canvas (c) The Estate of William GearWilliam Gear's Winter Study, 1955, Oil on canvas (c) The Estate of William Gear

The recordings are taken from the British Library’s extensive National Life Stories archival project and were researched by exhibition curator Michael Bird during a year-long Goodison Fellowship investigating the Artists’ Lives project.

“People don’t always find it easy to feel at home with modern art,” he says. “On the other hand, we respond immediately when people talk about their life stories, as you will hear from the artists in this exhibition.

“Hearing the art and the artists’ voices together makes the whole experience more approachable as well as interesting, surprising and entertaining. It’s about art being part of life and not some kind of separate world that you need a special key to enter.”

Established in 1990, the Artists’ Lives archive contains almost 400 life-story interviews with British artists, critics, dealers and gallery directors, providing a rich history of British 20th century art.

• In Their Own Words: Artists’ Voices from The Ingram Collection is on display until Sunday July 30 at The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 4AA. Web: thelightbox.org.uk. Tel: 01483 737800

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