Since its foundation in 1871 by visionary philanthropist and collector Felix Slade, the Slade School of Art has been a leading influence in the education of students of contemporary fine art. With a world leading reputation, the Slade makes a significant contribution to the field of contemporary art both nationally and internationally.
This September, Worthing Museum & Art Gallery will be opening an exciting new exhibition titled Schooled At Slade, as the curators explore the fascinating work of some of the early teachers at the school, and the impact they had on their students.
The museum holds a variety of their works, some familiar but others less often shown to the public, until now.
In this exhibition WMA examine the way teaching has directed the creativity of the students over the many years, influencing significant developments in the field of contemporary art, particularly in view of the remarkable talents that flowed through the doors of Slade in those early years.
Schooled at Slade is guest-curated by museum volunteer Janet Green who has been photographing the fine art collection, and in particular those parts of the collection held in store. This exhibition brings together paintings, drawings, prints and archive material of those teachers who made such a mark on the world of art and their gifted students in the context of the turbulent first half of the twentieth century.
Sarah Cook, WMA Curatorial Assistant, says ‘This exhibition presents an exciting opportunity to highlight an interesting theme which runs through many works within the WMA collection, and that is our connection with one of the most significant art schools in London. Janet Green has done a fantastic job in identifying quite how significantly Slade School of Fine Art is represented within our collection, and has discovered much new information about these artists and artworks through her dedicated research.’
For more information on the upcoming Schooled At Slade exhibition, which will be on display in the museum’s Norwood Gallery from 8 September 2018 to 6 April 2019, visit worthingmuseum.co.uk or call the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery on 01903 221 448.