RA250 – Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge:
A project commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the RA. Seven Royal Academicians: Desmet, Antony Gormley, Eileen Cooper, Eric Parry, Stephen Chambers, Nigel Hall and Mali Morris were each invited to identify a piece in the Fitzwilliam’s collection which has inspired their practice. A storyboard featuring each artist’s comments about their selected piece is shown alongside the relevant object until 31 December 2018.
Anne Desmet’s selection was a ‘Dazzle Ship’ wood engraving by Edward Wadsworth created exactly 100 years ago in 1918. Desmet donated one of her own Olympic Stadium wood engravings (above) to the Museum, the style of which was strongly influenced by Wadsworth; her print, along with her explanatory storyboard, is on show alongside the Wadsworth print in the Early Italian Renaissance gallery until the end of this year. See www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk. Desmet ran a wood engraving workshop at the museum, in conjunction with this project, on 29 September 2018.