The Next Round

The next round is an exhibition curated by me and by some of my course mates from BA Culture, Criticism, and Curation for our final year project in collaboration with the Camden Art Centre and the Swiss Cottage Library.

We were asked to explore a pre-selected sample of the Camden Art Collection of circa 10 – 16 works. The subject focus of the selection was ‘Kitchen Sink Realism’ in London, exemplified by the painting ‘Washbow’ by John Randall Bratby of the Beaux Arts Quartet.

Kitchen sink realism is a British cultural movement that developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s in theatre, art, novels, film, and television plays, whose protagonists usually could be described as “angry young men.” It used a style of social realism that depicted the domestic situations of the working class, living in overcrowded rented accommodations and who often spent their off-hours drinking in pubs.

Addressing the effects of austerity and the cost of living crisis in contemporary times, we were encouraged to research social realism as expressed across literature, theatre, art, film, and television – and to ensure the representation of the increased diversity of the Camden borough.


Bibliography:
Kitchen sink realism (2023) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitchen_sink_realism (Accessed: April 20, 2023). 

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