Caroline Misselbrook has been selected for the CCI “A Summer of Love” student exhibition at the Guildhall.
To mark the 50th birthday of the Summer of Love in San Francisco, the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) at the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Cultural Trust (PCT) host this show as part of our ongoing exhibition programme in the Freda Swain Lounge at Portsmouth Guildhall.
Caroline has been inspired by of her family’s love of nature and creativity.
In a series of 10 illustrations, Caroline gives a new lease of life to the birds from her father’s egg collection, which he started as a child in the 1950’s during walks in the Westwood Local Nature Reserve and along Weston Shore in Southampton.
While organising the box Caroline found a complete copy of the Daily Express from 1961 underneath the sawdust. Adverts and articles form part of the watercolour and ink illustrations and highlight the juxtaposition of animals that continued to live happily around us while we focused on our materialistic lifestyles and had unhealthy expectations of men and women. It was this post war culture in the U.S., Canada and Europe that eventually lead to hippies or ‘flower children’ during the Summer of Love in San Francisco in 1967, rejecting these consumerist values and turning to art, religious or meditative practice and politics.
The exhibition is hosted in the Freda Swain Lounge, and opening dates are 20 March – 21 June 2017, Monday-Friday, 9am -5pm, Saturday 10am -2pm. To attend the Opening Reception, book here.
Pictured top: Caroline receiving a cheque from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, presented above by Interim Dean Simon Brookes.