Events & Exhibitions

Exhibition: Light and Shadow at Tennants

24th November 2018 to 30th November 2018

This Autumn, Tennants Auctioneers will be holding a second annual loan exhibition – Light and Shadow following the success of last year’s 350 Years of British Art

The exhibition brings together a diverse collection of paintings and sculptures from 50BC to the 21st century, all notable for their arresting use of light and shadow. 

The contrasting interplay between dark and light in art has produced some of the defining images of the history of Western visual culture; this exhibition will explore how artists over a span of more than 2,000 years have employed this device to remarkable effect.

Working closely with public galleries and private collections, Tennants has curated a fascinating selection of more than 30 works of British and European art, ranging from ancient Roman busts to modern masters like Pablo Picasso, via 17th century Tenebrists, English history painters, Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionists, Expressionists, Modern British and more. 

Artists represented include:

  • Georges de La Tour (1593–1652)
  • Master of the Annunciation to the Shepherds (1630-1660)
  • Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797)
  • Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898)
  • Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
  • Joash Woodrow (1927-2006)
  • Dame Laura Knight, RA, RWS (1877-1970)

Public Viewings

The exhibition will be held in The Garden Rooms at Tennants and is free to enter. It is open to the public daily from Saturday 24th – Friday 30th November at the following times.

 Viewings are strictly by pre-registration. To register, please call The Garden Rooms at Tennants on 01969 621146 or email

  • Saturday 24 November

11am-11.45am; 11.45am-12.30pm; 12.30pm-1.15pm; 1.15pm-2pm

  • Sunday 25 November

11am-11.45am; 11.45am-12.30pm; 12.30pm-1.15pm; 1.15pm-2pm; 2pm-2.45pm

  • Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 November

11am-11.45am; 11.45am-12.30pm; 12.30pm-1.15pm; 2pm-2.45pm

  • Wednesday 28 November

11am-11.45am; 11.45am-12.30pm; 12.30pm-1.15pm; 1.15pm-2pm

  • Thursday 29 and Friday 30 November

11am-11.45am; 11.45am-12.30pm; 12.30pm-1.15pm; 1.15pm-2pm; 2pm-2.45pm

Specialist Talks and Tours

In addition to public viewings there will be guided tours of the exhibition and talks on some of the featured artists by Dr Barbara Morden and Mr Andrew Stewart and by Tennants Picture Department Specialist Mr Guy Cooper.

  • Saturday 24 November

2pm - Guided tour of the exhibition by Dr Barbara Morden

  • Monday 26 November

1.15pm - Viewing of the exhibition followed at 2pm by a talk on Paul Reid & Joash Woodrow by Mr Andrew Stewart

  • Tuesday 27 November

1.15pm - Viewing of the exhibition followed at 2pm by a talk on Dame Laura Knight by Dr Barbara Morden

  • Wednesday 28 November

2pm - A guided tour of the exhibition with Mr Guy Cooper

The cost to attend a specialist tour or talk is £12 including tea, coffee and cakes. Places on Talks and Tours are limited and are by pre-booking and pre-payment only. To book please call The Garden Rooms at Tennants on 01969 621146 or email

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