Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens – ‘Received Wisdom’

February-May, 2020: Sunderland Museum (Burdon Rd, Sunderland SR1 1PP) selected the four works depicted below from the Arts Council Collection, as part of its programme of working with regional galleries. A thought-provoking exhibition, it takes its title from an artwork by the artist Amikam Toren, who posed the question: who is deemed ‘creative’?  The exhibition seeks to challenge ideas about what is expected of people engaged in art at different stages of life, by bringing together works created by artists, some previously overlooked, in later years. Some of the works show artists whose work changed markedly in later years, and others who began their artistic practice when older. The aim is to challenge the idea that radicalism, dynamism and creativity are the preserve of youth.