Talk

London Calling, Punk, and the Life Drawing Class

16 Mar 2017

Event times

19:30 - 21:00

Cost of entry

£8 (£6 for Friends of Swindon Museum & Art Gallery)

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In this autobiographical talk, Professor David Ferry will discuss his experiences at lively London art schools in the 1970s and ‘80s. He will provide an insight into the alternative set of influences he encountered outside of the established art scene.

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In this autobiographical talk, Professor David Ferry will discuss his experiences at lively London art schools in the 1970s and ‘80s. He will provide an insight into the alternative set of influences he encountered outside of the established art scene. These include Mario Dubsky, who followed David Bomberg and encouraged a move away from the measured response to the ‘life class’, and Derek Jarman, whose 1979 film ‘Jubilee’ captured the underground Punk scene. He encountered such a vibrant culture whilst attending the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts (1976-9 & 1983) and the Slade School of Fine Art (1976-9).

This talk offers a marvellous opportunity to hear a first-hand account of what it was like to be an art student in London, at a time of excitement and transformation. We are excited to welcome Professor David Ferry to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery at this particular time, upon the opening of an exhibition celebrating artists in London who revolutionized art in the second half of the 20th century.

David Ferry is an accomplished printmaker and book artist, whose work can be praised as much for its humour and playfulness, as for its beauty and elegance. He has work in several important collections throughout UK and worldwide, including Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Ashmolean in Oxford, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Ferry has also held various teaching positions, including Head Professor of Fine Art at the Cardiff School of Art and Design. He has been a consultant for the Sydney Nolan Trust since 2011. 

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