Does talent lie in the genes? Find out whether it’s all in the family at Letchworth exhibition

Does artistic talent lie in the DNA?

Does artistic talent lie in the DNA? - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The act of creation across the generations is the basis for an exhibition at Letchworth Arts Centre next month.

The Artful Gene Project, which runs from Monday, August 3, for four weeks, looks at works by a noted artist from the town’s early days and his great great grandson.

A century ago Alfred John Bamford – a much-travelled clergyman who retired to Letchworth and established a reputation as an artist, and whose works are still prized by North Herts Museum – was preparing for his first exhibition.

One hundred years later and half a world away, his great grandson Michael John Bamford was also preparing for an exhibition in Western Australia.

The exhibition explores the Bamford family tree, bringing together drawings and more by both artists and looking at the similarities in style and subject matter across the generations to ask whether artistic talent and style exist in the genes.

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