Conflicting Views: Pacifist Artists

Sven Berlin returns to St. Ives

25 June - 7 October 2018 Otter Gallery, Chichester University  PO19 6PE

This show included works by Sven Berlin and an excellent catalogue by Gill Clarke including a profile of Sven and his involvement in pacifism and later service in World War II.  

St. Barbe Centenary Exhibition

In 2011, on 14 September, St. Barbe Museum and Gallery staged an exhibition which celebrated Sven Berlin's 100th birthday. We managed to secure the services of writer and critic Peter Davies (left) to open, with St. Barbe curator Steve Marshall, an 'envelope' listing the real names of the characters in Sven Berlin's infamous novel about the St. Ives art colony The Dark Monarch. This fulfilled a specific request by Sven Berlin himself. 

What a fantastic audience turned out at the St. Ives Festival in the Porthmeor Studios for our talk on 'The Real Sven Berlin' 3.30pm on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 - Sven's 105th birthday, of course!

The Borlase-Smart Room in this recently restored historic building is such a special place with the waves breaking on Porthmeor Beach making a truly atmospheric backing soundtrack. Many thanks to Chris Hibbert at the Borlase Smart/John Park Trust and Janet Axten (St. Ives Archive) for inviting us to take part and to all those who attended with such enthusiasm.  

Sven Berlin: Out of the Shadows exhibition

15 September to 24 November 2012

Penlee House Museum & Gallery, Penzance

A retrospective exhibition.

What the visitors said:

"Vibrant, stimulating, what a man!"

"One of the best collections I have been honoured to view."


"Wonderful exhibition - looked forward to this retrospective for so long."

What would have been Sven Berlin's 101st birthday coincided with the opening night of Out of the Shadows, 14 September 2012, hence the cake. Pictured are: Alison Bevan (former director of Penlee House, now at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol), Berlin's friend, John Paddy Browne and Greta Berlin, Berlin's daughter .

Photo by Phil Monckton, Cornwall Pics.

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