Luke Fowler: The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

20 October 2012 - 18 January 2013

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Still from The Poor Stockinger, The Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott by Luke Fowler

Still from The Poor Stockinger, The Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott by Luke Fowler (c) the artist. Courtesy the artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. WEA Archive, YUC Library, London Metropolitan University.

In 2010 The Hepworth Wakefield, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Film and Video Umbrella were awarded the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award for Museums: commission to collect. Thanks to this generous investment a new film by Turner prize nominee Luke Fowler has been commissioned and will be co-acquired for the permanent collections of both institutions.

Luke’s film focuses on the life and work of the socialist historian EP Thompson and his involvement with the Workers Education Association.  Presented in a documentary style format, combining archive and contemporary footage, the film questions our notions about how history is constructed.

Luke Fowler’s The Poor Stockinger, The Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott was commissioned by The Hepworth Wakefield, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Film and Video Umbrella, through the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award for Museums: commission to collect.

The film lasts for 60 minutes, with showings continuously throughout the day at 10.05am, 11.15am, 12.25pm, 1.35pm, 2.45pm and 3.55pm.