We are creating an archive of films about Henry Newbery, bringing you fascinating insights into his life and passion for the arts, as well as the history of The Prize and the places where he lived and worked.
Introduction to The Newbery Arts Prize
Wherever Francis Henry Newbery went, he brought colour, and this was truest of all in Bridport, a small market town on the south coast of England. Newbery was raised here, taught here, and eventually created and donated paintings of the town which can still be seen in Bridport’s Town Hall today.
In this video, we explore Newbery’s roots in Bridport, those for which he was immeasurably grateful, and ensured a long and successful career in the arts. His influence is still felt strongly in the town, which continues to be a hub for creativity and art to this day.
Earlier this month, we launched The Newbery Arts Prize, which was first held in 1875. Entries close on 15th November, and throughout the next six months, we will be bringing you fascinating insights into Henry Newbery’s life and passion for art, as well as the history of The Prize and the places where he lived and worked.
For many, this period of isolation is something new to them. But artists for generations have embraced isolation, and some of the greatest masterpieces of art, sculpture, design and architecture have been instigated by periods of solitude. We believe that there is a huge difference between being alone and being lonely.
We hope that everyone out there isn’t too lonely during this period of enforced isolation. We also hope that many artists will emerge from their lockdowns with incredibly exciting works of art to share with us.
In the meantime, we’ve put together a collection of our favourite paintings, drawings, sculpture, design and architecture in this short film and we hope it inspires you to create something beautiful.