• Facebook - Grey Circle
  • Grey Instagram Icon

Design © 2014 by Natalie Harney & Pembroke College JCR Art Fund Collection

George Jenkin Art Prize

The Art Fund's annual competition, The George Jenkin Art Prize, took place in 8th week of Hilary term, and saw entrants challenged to depict E.E. Cumming's 'I Will Wade Out' in any medium of their choice. 'I Will Wade Out' i will wade out till my thighs are steeped in burning flowers I will take the sun in my mouth and leap into the ripe air Alive with closed eyes to dash against darkness in the sleeping curves of my body Shall enter fingers of smooth mastery with chasteness of sea-girls Will i complete the mystery of my flesh I will rise After a thousand years lipping flowers And set my teeth in the silver of the moon The competition was judged by Pembroke fellows Lynda Mugglestone, Stephen

Meet our interns - Bee

I am a second year undergraduate reading History of Art at Catz. My role as an intern for the collection is endlessly varied - from researching works to organising the loan collection and from giving informal tours of the gallery to devising new exhibition hangs. The discovery of the large John Bratby painting lurking in the library has certainly been a highlight. The twentieth century oil painting depicts the artist's wife, Jean Cooke, in heavy, brooding colours typical of Bratby's oeuvre. It is soon to undergo a lengthy conservation process which will involve adjustment of abrasions and removal of surface dirt and will bring the work back to life. Do pop in and witness the 'before' and 'af

Bratby Discovered

Going through our library storeroom, we've made an exciting discovery - a painting we didn't know we had by John Bratby. Bratby is widely regarded as the founder of the 'Kitchen Sink Realism' school of work, which is pretty much what it says on the tin, artists depicted scenes of everyday life and everyday objects. The movement is often classed as an aspect of John Osbourne's "Angry Young Men Movement". Bratby's paintings have been popular in recent years being featured in films and on album covers, as well as in Sir Paul McCartney's personal collection. Our painting is particularly interesting as it feature's Bratby's wife, Jean Cook, who was a fellow painter and rival of Bratby's to the ex