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Bound x Rough Trade Books presents: A look into Madge Gill’s world

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Whitworth Art Gallery

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Bound Art Book Fair X Rough Trade Books presents a two part event around 'Myrninerest' by Madge Gill in the Study Center

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Sophie Dutton (editor of Madge Gill by Myrninerest and curator of the recent Madge Gill exhibition at the William Morris Gallery) and Dr Eloise Moss (Lecturer in Modern British History at Manchester University) will explore the childhood of the self-taught visionary artist Madge Gill, and discuss the potential effects it had on her artwork later in life.

Madge Gill was born in London as Maude Ethel Eades. She spent much of her early life in seclusion and was placed in an orphanage at the age of 9. Gill was sent to Canada aged 14, along with other orphans. Eventually she moved back to London to live her Aunt who introduced her to Astrology and Spiritualism. Gill found work as a nurse at a nearby hospital and at 25, married her cousin, Thomas Gill. They had 3 sons, one of whom died young. She lost her daughter in childbirth. Gill nearly died in childbirth after contracting a serious illness, which resulted in being blind in one eye. Aged 38, she began a passionate interest in drawing, creating thousands of ‘mediumistic’ ink drawings over the following 40 years. She claimed to be guided by a spirit called ‘Myrninerest’ (my inner rest) and often signed her works by that name. She experimented with many different mediums including drawing, writing, knitting, crochet-work, weaving, and piano-playing. Many works contain imagery of a young woman thought to be herself or her lost daughter, though she never revealed the figure’s identity. She exhibited her drawings annually at The Whitechapel Gallery, although she never sought to sell her works. She worked up until her death in 1947.

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