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Art for All ~ An exhibition of The Guinness Lithographs

5th April 2018 @ 11:00 am - 19th May 2018 @ 5:00 pm

An exhibition of the original lithographs commissioned by Guinness Breweries in 1956 and 1962 to celebrate the first edition of the Guinness book of Record will be a major exhibition for Devonshire Collective, guest curated by Emma Mason Prints.

The book of records was held behind bars in the Guinness pubs of the day to help settle friendly disputes about all manner of records including the tallest, the longest, the oldest and so on.

Important artists of the day were commissioned for the project including Edward Ardizzone, Bernard Cheese, Barnett Freedman and David Gentleman. The lithographs illustrate records of the time from popular subjects such as horse racing, fishing and pigeon racing. The lithographs were pinned up in the pubs but later thrown away. As such the lithographs in this exhibition are rare survivors and they give a snapshot of life in working Britain shortly after the war.

Events alongside the exhibition are:

  • A schools art competition with winning entries to be displayed in the Devonshire Collective café during April
  • A children’s art workshop taking inspiration from Guinness world records of today
  • An illustrated talk and book signing by Emma Mason on the story of The Guinness Lithographs
  • A pub quiz evening with Guinness taking questions from both the 1955 and the 2018 Guinness Book of Records
  • And more…..see below for details!

Threshold Programme

Supported by Arts Council England and Devonshire West Big Local

Associated events

7 April – DIGITAL DROP IN Children’s workshop with Animazing TV #DCWeAreOne

14 April – ART FOR ALL Walk & Talk with Emma Mason

14 April – DIGITAL DROP IN Children’s workshop with Fotofonty

17 April – Guinness World Records Pub Quiz #DCWeAreOne

20 April – ART FOR ALL The Story of the Guinness Lithographs – an illustrated talk by Emma Mason

21 April – ART FOR ALL Children’s workshop – Design a postage stamp inspired by a Guinness World Record

25 April – ART FOR ALL Walk & Talk with Emma Mason


5th April 2018 @ 11:00 am
19th May 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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