The Brotherhood of Ruralists
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The Brotherhood of Ruralists was a group of artists exhibiting together between 1975 and 2007. Initially the group included Ann Arnold, Graham Arnold, Peter Blake, Jann Haworth, David Inshaw, Annie Ovenden, Graham Ovenden. Blake, Haworth and Inshaw left the group in the early 1980s. The remaining four artists continued to exhibit as a group, actively, for another 20 or so years (and were occasionally joined by Blake and Inshaw).
In 2007 a small exhibition of new work and some older chosen pieces was organised at Horsham in Surrey. This was the last exhibition that could be said to have been curated by the group. Subsequent exhibitions, such as the 2008 Ancient Landscapes, Pastoral Visions at Southampton have included their work, ackowledging them as members of the group, and the artists continue to exhibit in solo shows and collaborations.
This website serves as a record of the 30 years that the group exhibited together and as a means of providing information about the current work of the artists. Blake, Haworth and Inshaw were members of the group for a relatively short period and their work outside this time generally stands apart from the work as "ruralists", consequently this site concentrates mainly on the four other artists.
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