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UCL Art Collections' first comprehensive exhibition

13 July 2009


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  • Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • The most extensive exhibition ever of UCL's art collections will be on view at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham.
    'Durer to Spencer: Highlights on Paper' runs at the University of Birmingham gallery from 10 July to 25 October, and celebrates the crucial educational role of UCL's collections.

    The exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of the best drawings, watercolours and prints from UCL's holdings, and will include works by artists including Durer, Holbein, Rubens and John Singer Sargent. The selection will also feature work by UCL Slade School of Fine Art lecturers, famous alumni and prize-winning students including Gwen and Augustus John, Stanley Spencer, Henry Tonks and Richard Hamilton.

    UCL's collections originated in 1847 but it was not until 1930 that a selection of the prints and drawings collections was exhibited to the public. The collections have grown rapidly, and now comprise some 10,000 works, a selection of more than 50 highlights of which will hang in one of the main galleries of the Barber until the end of October.

    A series of related lectures, a panel discussion, practical workshops and other events will run into the autumn to accompany the exhibition.

    The exhibition takes place until 25 October 2009 in the main galleries at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston B15 2TS. All are welcome and admission is free.

    Opening hours: Monday - Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm; Sunday, 12 noon - 5:00pm


    UCL context

    UCL art collections are open to the public all year round at the Strang Print Room in the South Cloisters.

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