A major exhibition exploring the work of Modernist designer and painter John Tunnard looks at the historical and cultural factors that shaped his art. John Tunnard – Nature, Politics and Science, at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, in Durham City, brings together about 100 works taken from both public and private collections and covering the entirety of Tunnard’s career. Born in 1900, Tunnard trained in design at the Royal College of Art. During the 1920s, he taught design at the Central School of Arts and Crafts while also working as a textile designer. In 1933, Tunnard and his wife moved to Cornwall, where he came into contact with Julian Trevelyan, Henry Moore, John Betjeman and Humphrey Spender. Tunnard always showed a clear response to artistic movements and social change but this was particularly evident immediately before, during and after

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