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A Life in Prints: The Tessa Sidey Bequest

A Life in Prints: The Tessa Sidey Bequest

22nd July 2011

Tessa Sidey, Curator of Prints and Drawings at BMAG for nearly 30 years, died on New Year's Day 2011 after a long illness. Tessa generously bequeathed to BMAG 38 20th-century prints, drawings and studio ceramics from her private collection. An exhibition of these works of art will be in Gallery 20 from 17th September 2011 - 4th March 2012.

The prints and drawings include works by Josef Albers, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Long, Eduardo Paolozzi, Gilbert Spencer and Julian Trevelyan, while the ceramics consist of a group of five pieces by Svend Bayer, two slipware bowls by Sydney Tustin, and single pots by David Leach, Marianne de Trey and Clive Bowen. 

Tessa's bequest reflects her own tastes and areas of specialism as well as being carefully selected by her to complement BMAG's existing holdings. 

This exhibition celebrates Tessa's contribution to the Museum and Art Gallery. It displays a selection of works from her bequest, additional prints kindly donated by her executors, and some of the many significant acquisitions Tessa made for BMAG in her role as curator of prints and drawings.

The exhibition will take place 17th September 2011 to 4th March 2012 in Gallery 20 at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Read the obituary for Tessa Sidey that appeared in the Guardian on 24th February 2011.

Image: Iain Stewart, Tessa Sidey with Keith Piper's 'Ghosts of Christendon', 1991. Copyright Iain Stewart.


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