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Retracing Ribeiro’ exploring the painter, Lancelot Ribeiro, wins Heritage Lottery Fund support


Retracing Ribeiro has been awarded £98,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), a project that will explore the artistic and cultural heritage of the prolific painter, Lancelot Ribeiro through an exploration of his art and poignant archive.

Developed in association with six high profile partners, this year-long project forms part of the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture. Retracing Ribeiro will be launched with an exhibition at the Burgh House Museum and presented at public events where newly-acquired artworks will be unveiled, including The British Museum, ‘Remembering Lancelot Ribeiro and other Indian artists in 1960s Britain’, during Asian Art in London week, and a V&A evening, ‘Ribeiro: A Celebration of Life, Love and Passion’.

In partnership with Central Saint Martins and the V&A, the project will run a series of creative learning sessions and reminiscence and oral history workshops, designed to engage audiences with Ribeiro’s life and work. A Retracing Ribeiro film and website will capture memories of the artist’s life and times, interspersed with rare archival material and first-hand interviews to engage audiences with the project.

Lancelot Ribeiro (1933-2010), born in Bombay, spent his childhood in India under the British Empire. He first arrived in Britain in 1950 to study accountancy at the urging of his brother, the well-known artist FN Souza, but soon abandoned this for life drawing at St Martins School of Art. Returning to India, he began to paint professionally and settled in Britain in 1962. His earliest works were in oils, strongly coloured townscapes with bold outlines in an expressionistic style. In the early 1960s, Ribeiro sought new effects experimenting with polyvinyl acetate and oil mixes – the forerunner of acrylic paints. Over the next 50 years, a restless imagination prompted works which included flying and tangled townscapes under explosive skies, brilliantly-coloured surreal scenes, playful wood sculptures and ceramics. Recent years have seen a surge in interest in the work of this artist following posthumous exhibitions at London’s Asia House, exhibitions in India, and a biography by arts writer, David Buckman: Lancelot Ribeiro: An Artist in India and Europe.

Commenting on the award, Marsha Ribeiro, daughter and Project Manager, said “I am thrilled to have received such invaluable support from the Heritage Lottery Fund which not only preserves the Ribeiro legacy for generations to come, in a way that previously had been impossible, but unveils what, to me, is a deeply poignant life story which continues to have resonance today”.

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Stuart Hobley, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “Lancelot Ribeiro’s artwork has a strong influence and presence in the history of British art, and as part of the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture, HLF is pleased to support the Retracing Ribeiro project. Thanks to National Lottery players, this project will engage audiences with Ribeiro’s life and work – exploring artworks and memories through a new website and film, oral history workshops, and exciting events and exhibitions taking place at the V&A Museum and the British Museum”.


Notes to editors

About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.3bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk @HLFLondon

Further information
Heritage Lottery Fund: Felix Gott, Communications Manager, 020 7591 6138 or felixg@hlf.org.uk

For further information, images and interviews, please contact

Marsha Ribeiro
Project Manager

Emily Phillips
Creative Director


PDF version | HLF website


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