Slade 150: Past, Present, Future

The Octagon Gallery
22nd Nov 2021  -  31st Aug 2022

What is it like to be a student at the Slade School of Fine Art?

Run by artists for artists since 1871, the School celebrates its 150th anniversary by capturing the real experiences of its students in a unique year.

This snapshot exhibition is artist-led, with Slade students reflecting on how their art school’s past and its present could inform its future. Students on programmes from BA to PhD level, across all artistic disciplines, explore ideas of tradition and heritage, and ask how new generations can challenge and disrupt these.

Many of the featured artists have taken inspiration from the Slade’s relationship with UCL, London and beyond. The exhibition showcases the Slade’s distinctive methods of teaching and researching, with students developing their own practice in dialogue with histories and theories of art, UCL’s teaching collections, its architecture, and each other’s practice.

The exhibition features work by Slade students: Egidija Čiricaitė; Yīfán Hé and Murtaza Zaidi; Sophie Lourdes Knight; Emily Mannion; Moza Al Mazrouei and Hampus Hoh; Robert Mead; Katie Mess and Niki Kohandel; Abi Ola; Lícia Santos; Korallia Stergides; and Latifah A. Stranack.

It is part of a programme of events marking the Slade’s 150th birthday, including a parallel exhibition Slade 150: Testing Ground at the UCL Art Museum.

Slade 150: Past, Present, Future has been created through collaboration between students and staff at the Slade School of Fine Art, museum curators and significant contributions from many others at UCL.

Find out more at www.ucl.ac.uk/slade/slade-150

Exhibition team

Slade core curatorial team: Rebecca Loweth, Sharon Morris, Jayne Parker, Kieren Reed, Joy Sleeman, Estelle Thompson, Jo Volley
Exhibition curator: Nina Pearlman, Head of UCL Art Collections
Project team (external): Veronica Dominiak, project manager; Victoria Kingston, interpretation consultant
With production and financial support from UCL Culture curatorial, collections and exhibitions teams and the Slade School of Fine Art.

Graphic design Aspel Creative Ltd

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