I’ve been having much fun working on this display of works from the collection. ‘Family Allowance’ is centred on the theme of ‘normality’ and the family. For decades politicians have championed a stable family life as a cure for the perceived spread of moral and social decay in Britain. Today, the state of the nations families is still high on the political agenda and the ‘respectable norm’ presented as a salve for ‘Broken Britain. These prints and drawings represent characters from throughout history, mythology, fairytales and religion whose conduct embodies persistent collective fears about the breakdown of society: single mothers, wayward children, absent fathers. All in all, a kind of art historical version of the Jeremy Kyle show! The display runs until Summer 2011.

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