In preparation for the forthcoming exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery, Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings, earlier this year curators Toby Treves and Dr Barnaby Wright took to the air in a glider at the London Gliding Club. The aim was, by sharing the experience of powerless flight, to better understand the magnificent gliding and weather paintings that Lanyon created in the later years of his career, which drew directly upon the emotion and sensation of being in the sky.

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