Basic and Not So Basic Design: Richard Hamilton as an Educator

25 May 2016

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7pm (Gallery open 6.30-6.55pm)

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Free entry

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Borough Road Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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In this talk, writer and curator Gill Hedley will discuss the radical teaching practice of one of the founding figures of Pop Art, Richard Hamilton.


As a counterpart to the radical teaching of David Bomberg (examined in Borough Road Gallery's current exhibition 'Keep the Paint Moving': David Bomberg and the Art of Radical Teaching, this talk will turn to another pioneering artist teacher, Richard Hamilton, the “Father of Pop”, who taught at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne from 1953 to 1966. As an artist and teacher Hamilton was both provocative and innovative, with new thinking that influenced artists including Rita Donagh, Mark Lancaster, Tim Head, and Roxy Music founder Brian Ferry. This talk will look at Hamilton’s time teaching at Newcastle, and present memories and comments from his alumni – who brought his influence and example to bear in their own careers, in education, art history and as practicing artists.

Gill Hedley worked as a museum curator in regional museums before organising major exhibitions world-wide for the British Council including Francis Bacon in Moscow, 1988, and Richard Hamilton in São Paulo, 1989, and then at the Venice Biennale, 1993. From 1993-2006 she was Director of the Contemporary Art Society. Now freelance, she works as an exhibition curator, writer and advisor to a number of individual artists as well as continuing research on Richard Hamilton and his influences.

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