Art Term

Rebel Art Centre

The Rebel Art Centre was founded by Wyndham Lewis in London in March 1914 as a meeting place for artists to discuss revolutionary ideas and teach non-representational art

Wyndham Lewis, ‘Workshop’ c.1914–5
Wyndham Lewis
Workshop c.1914–5
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© Wyndham Lewis and the estate of Mrs G A Wyndham Lewis by kind permission of the Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust (a registered charity)
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson, ‘La Mitrailleuse’ 1915
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson
La Mitrailleuse 1915
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Edward Wadsworth, ‘The Port’ c.1915
Edward Wadsworth
The Port c.1915
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© The estate of Edward Wadsworth

The Centre, based at 38 Great Ormond Street in London, was a short-lived enterprise and by the summer of 1914 had closed down as a result of internal disputes. Yet, in those brief months, it had hosted an exhibition of sculptures by the prodigiously talented Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and a lecture by the writer Ezra Pound.

Originally set up as a rival to Roger Fry’s art and design collective Omega Workshops, the Rebel Art Centre pursued a hotly militant form of futurism that was to become known as vorticism. Its members numbered the Omega defectors Frederick Etchells, Cuthbert Hamilton and Edward Wadsworth and the painter Kate Lechmere. The centre featured geometric murals painted by Lewis and screens designed by Christopher Nevinson. Little collective art was produced at the centre, but it became the early headquarters of the vorticists and the radical art publication Blast.