UCL Art Museum is open Tuesday to Friday, 1pm-5pm, during UCL term time only:
Tue 9 Jan - Fri 23 Mar 2018
Tue 24 Apr - Fri 8 Jun 2018
*Closed Sat 24 Mar – Mon 23 Apr*
UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Prize & Prejudice is an exhibition and series of programmes dedicated to artistic ambition, struggles and successes of artists emerging from the Slade School of Fine Art during its foundation years. It explores the experience of prize-winning artists, mostly women, now largely forgotten due to prejudice and circumstance.
Prizes were awarded annually from the establishment of the school in 1871 in a range of categories such as Life Drawing, Head Drawing, Drapery and Composition. From 1897, winning works were retained, creating an unparalleled collection of art by emerging artists comprising of 45% women artists. Most public art collections are formed through retrospective assessment of an artist’s career and the Slade collection, assembled without the foreknowledge of their future position in the art world, pre-dates by far the trend in the private sector of collecting work by emerging artists.The exhibition reflects this, placing lesser-known artists alongside well-established ones. Gwen John and Winifred Knights appear next to little known multiple prize-winners Alice Smith, Mabel Greenberg and Dorothy Coke.
The diverse programmes developed in collaboration with artists and researchers aim to bring the voices of the forgotten artists into the exhibition space, using life drawing, performance, screenings and talks. This includes The Spirit of Slade Ladies Past on the evening of February 1st, a performance by artist Tai Shani summoning the voices of the women featured in Prize & Prejudiceusing the theatricality of the séance.
Prize & Prejudice is an outcome of a major research project titled Spotlight on the Slade Collections, funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Artto increase physical and intellectual access to this important stored collection.
The exhibition opens on 9 January 2018 and will be open during our usual hours: Tuesday - Friday, 1-5pm.