MK Gallery reaches crowdfunding target to stage retrospective

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The campaign is run through Art Happens with Art Fund, the UK’s only crowdfunding platform dedicated to museums and galleries.

All levels of donation to the campaign receive a reward – from postcards of Laura Knight’s work to a limited-edition print by British photographer Hannah Starkey, whose staged portraits of women draw inspiration from Knight’s compositions.

The exhibition Laura Knight, A Panoramic View will survey Knight’s career spanning almost a century; from her fascination with the backstage world of ballet and the theatre and colourful portraits of everyday life, to her depictions of racial segregation in America and powerful commissions created as an official war artist during the Second World War.

In addition to Tate and the Imperial War Museum, the exhibition will collect works from across the UK, including the British Motor Museum, the British Postal Museum, Cadbury’s Archives, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, and the National Archives.

Fay Blanchard, head of exhibitions, is delighted that exhibition will now be able to go ahead and is keen to let people know that they can still donate. She said:

“Can you help us go even further and make this show bigger and better? We would like to safety transport additional fragile artworks from Scotland which require specialist packing and art shippers, at a cost of over £2,000. The more we can raise, the more works we will be able to bring together.

“The campaign runs until midnight on August 16th so there is still time to donate via the Art Fund website.”

Donate via the Art Fund website https://artfund.org/celebrate-laura-knight.

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