Art in the Making
Wot No Art?
+ intro by BFI National Archive Curator Steve Foxon
A documentary exploring, and interrogating, the art and architecture of the post-war years (1945-51).
UK 1978. 55min
Christopher Mason’s documentary presents a retrospective of the arts in the immediate post-war years (1945-51), when patronage for ‘public art’ was intended to promote a cultural renaissance to complement that in education, health and housing. A dream of universal access to Britain’s cultural heritage is shared, with excellent use of archive newsreels, though can the dream be made reality or is art simply a luxury most can’t afford?