Ruth Borchard Collection: Artists' Self Portraits

The Lightbox, Woking

Until 25 June 2017, The Lightbox gallery and museum will present ‘Ruth Borchard Collection: Artists’ Self-Portraits’, an exhibition displaying one hundred self-portraits by significant modern British artists such as Michael Ayrton, Cecil Collins, Roger Hilton, Ithell Colquhoun and Carel Weight. With pieces dating from 1921 to 1971, the exhibition provides a unique overview of this era in Modern British Art.


Managed by Piano Nobile, The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Collection was the life-long project of the author and patron of the arts Ruth Borchard (1910-2000). Inspired by personal works of literature such as diaries, autobiographies and letters, Borchard was struck with the idea to collect introspective art in the form of self-portraits. Setting herself the modest budget of 21 guineas per artwork, equivalent to approximately £2000 in today’s money, collecting existing works and commissioning new pieces soon became a passion.


The exhibition will be complemented by the event Richard Borchard in Conversation, with Piano Nobile Director Dr Robert Travers, at The Lightbox 7 April 2017.  The talk will explore a childhood and an upbringing in the context of a mother with a life-long passion for collecting. Advance booking for this event is required; please click here for more details. 


For more information about the exhibition, please visit The Lightbox website.

March 25, 2017