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Looking for Mr Gill

A film by Luke Holland

Luke Holland

Thursday 13 September | 18:45 – 20:00
Location: Sallis Benney Theatre

Keynote | Theme: Histories | Duration: 75 minutes

'Looking for Mr Gill' was made for the BBC by film-maker Luke Holland. It is an exploration of the legacy that Eric Gill, maverick genius of the Arts and Crafts Movement, has left to Ditchling, the early twentieth-century Sussex village setting for his controversial experiment in art and community. When, in 1907, Eric Gill set up home in Ditchling's High Street it was the start of an extraordinary adventure that helped shape the character of British Art in the past century. It certainly had a profound effect on Ditchling. The film is a journey in search of Eric Gill's complex legacy in Ditchling. An artist of acknowledged genius, Gill’s morals remain a subject of heated controversy. Ditchling owes much of its international reputation as a centre for the arts, to Gill and his fellow artist craftsmen. 'Looking for Mr Gill' offers an unlikely encounter with Zen calligrapher, Kazuaki Tanahashi, ceramics collector Sir David Attenborough and other distinguished Ditchling pilgrims.

Following the film Luke Holland will say a few words and take questions.

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