The Slade's foundation in 1871 was the result of a bequest from Felix Slade who envisaged a school where fine art would be studied within a liberal arts university. In offering female students education on equal terms as men from the outset, the Slade played a key part in the introduction of women to UCL. Since its inception the Slade has been at the forefront of developments in the field of contemporary art and welcomed students from all over the world.
Below is a timeline of Slade history including key moments, notable staff, artists and alumni from its foundation to the present day.
For information about the Slade Archive Project and researching the Slade Archive collections, visit the Slade Archive pages.
Felix Slade's legacy: three Chairs in Fine Art — Oxford, Cambridge and London, but with studentships only at London. Founding Committee at UCL radically addresses issues of art education. 1871 First Slade building completed (present Studio 10); School opens. Sir Edward Poynter first Slade Professor, trained Paris.
Students include Kate Greenaway, Evelyn de Morgan and William Strang.
Alphonse Legros appointed Slade Professor (to 1892), associate of Courbet, friend of Whistler.
North Wing built, providing for major expansion of School.
Fred Brown appointed Slade Professor (to 1917). With Henry Tonks and P Wilson Steer, dominates teaching through to 1930. Sculpture under Sir George Frampton. Affirmation of independent artistic character of the Slade. Students include Augustus and Gwen John, Edna Clark Hall, William Orpen, GK Chesterton, Ambrose McEvoy, William Rothenstein, Albert Rutherston, Ambrose Heal, Countess Markievicz (née Gore-Booth).
Students include Wyndham Lewis, Spencer Gore, Eileen Gray, Gwen Raverat, Grace Plunkett, Jessica Dismorr, Sir Matthew Smith, James Dickson Innes, Bernard Leach and Harold Gilman. Roger Fry teaches art history.
Students include Stanley Spencer, Mark Gertler, CRW Nevinson, Dora Carrington, Isaac Rosenberg, Dorothy Brett, Edward Wadsworth, Duncan Grant, Jacob Kramer, William Roberts, Paul Nash, Leon Underwood, David Bomberg and Ben Nicholson.
Henry Tonks appointed Slade Professor (to 1930).
Sculpture reintroduced in new premises, taught by Harvard Thomas, then AH Gerrard. Students include William Coldstream, William Townsend, Ithell Colquhoun, Anthony Gross, Claude Rogers, Rodrigo Moynihan, Tristram Hillier, Rex Whistler, Helen Lessore, Clive Branson, Eileen Agar and Winifred Knights.
Stage painting introduced under Vladimir Polunin (earlier with Diaghilev).
Students include Kenneth Armitage, Ramendranath Chakravorty, Roger Hilton, Bryan Wynter, Osbert Lancaster, FE MacWilliam, Patrick Heron, Yitzhak Danziger, Terence Cuneo and Mary Fedden.
Randolph Schwabe appointed Slade Professor (to 1948).
1939-48 Slade evacuated to Ruskin School, Oxford.
Students include Richard Hamilton, Adrian Heath, Edouardo Paolozzi, Ben Enwonwu, Peter Foldes, Kyffin Williams and William Turnbull.
Sir William Coldstream appointed Slade Professor (to 1975).
Teachers include Lucian Freud and Keith Vaughan (painting); John Buckland Wright and Anthony Gross (etching and engraving); Rudolph Wittkower and Sir Ernst Gombrich (art history). Students include Paula Rego, Bernard Cohen, Harold Cohen, Raymond Briggs, David Storey, Leonard McComb, Michael Andrews, Ibrahim El Salahi, Victor Willing, Joao Pires Cutileiro, Afewerk Tekle, Euan Uglow, Michael Sandle, Yolanda Sonnabend, Peter Snow, Lorenza Mazzetti, Frank Bowling and Craigie Aitchison.
Students include Dennis Creffield, David Hepher, Tess Jaray, Patrick Proktor, Derek Jarman, Terry Atkinson, John Davies, Anthony Donaldson, Timothy Hyman, Maggi Hambling, Lutz Becker, Jennifer Durrant, Colin Self, Jann Haworth, Michael Kenny, Kim Lim, Victoria Miro, Linda Karshan, Mark Vaux, Terry Setch, Vivan Sundaram, John Wonnacott, John Virtue, Malcolm Le Grice and John Lessore. Teachers include Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews, Harold Cohen, Bernard Cohen, Robin Denny, Barto dos Santos, Stanley Jones, Peter Snow and Peter Daglish. Expansion of printmaking into newly available space on the second floor. Facilities for photography and film expanded.
Postgraduate Diploma in Film Studies (specialising in documentary), under Thorold Dickinson (to 1971).
Reg Butler, Director of Sculpture Studies. Higher Diploma in Fine Art (HDFA) introduced.
New premises for the Bartlett School of Architecture allow Slade to occupy their former studios in the Pearson building. Students include Christopher Le Brun, Tony Bevan, Richard Layzell, Ana Maria Pacheco, Marc Chaimowicz, Ken McMullen, Antony Gormley, John Stezaker, Hannah Collins, Paul Winstanley, Chris Welsby and Paul Gopal-Chowdhury. Teachers include Rita Donagh, Tess Jaray, Mick Moon, John Hoyland, Stuart Brisley, Yolanda Sonnabend, Euan Uglow. Graduate studies led by Malcolm Hughes, fine art computing and video introduced.
Sir Lawrence Gowing appointed Slade Professor (to 1985). Slade Diploma upgraded to BA (Hons).
Students include Rachel Whiteread, Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, Mona Hatoum, Anne Tallentire, Zarina Bhimji, Marcus Taylor, Lea Andrews, Donald Rodney, Liz Magill, Matthew Tickle, Chris Muller, Richard Woods, Helen Sear, Tim Macmillan and Catherine Yass. Teachers include Susan Hiller, Paula Rego, Craigie Aitchison, Alison Wilding.
Patrick George appointed Slade Professor (to 1988). Slade Summer School begins.
Bernard Cohen appointed Slade Professor (to 2000).
Slade vacates Pearson building studios. Postgraduate painting moves to ex-Courtauld Institute galleries, Woburn Square.
MA, MPhil/PhD, MFA, GDFA introduced. Students include Georgina Starr, Douglas Gordon, Tacita Dean, Martin Creed, Angela de la Cruz, Tomoko Takahashi, Mark Hosking, Cecily Brown, John Isaacs, Hayley Newman, Zineb Sedira, Meekyoung Shin and Stefan Gec. Staff include David Hepher, Cathy de Moncheaux, Philip Prowse, Michael Newman, Ian McKeever, Liz Arnold, Jean Spencer.
Slade interior remodelled; new studios constructed, new sculpture block; accommodation for new areas of history and theory of art and electronic media.
Staff include Bruce McLean, Phyllida Barlow, Norman Bryson, Enrico David, Kaye Donachie, Tim Head, Eva Rothschild, Mark Godfrey, Lis Rhodes, John Hilliard, Simon Patterson. Students include Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Matthew Darbyshire, Pablo Bronstein, Conrad Shawcross, Hiraki Sawa, Ed Atkins, Katie Paterson, Eddie Peake, Prem Sahib, Larry Achiampong, Michael Armitage, David Blandy, Emma Hart, Phoebe Unwin, Sinta Tantra, Hoor Al-Qasimi, Aya Haidar, Rana Begum, Elizabeth McAlpine, Charlotte Moth, Anj Smith
John Aiken appointed Slade Professor.
Major development of facilities and infrastructure for research. All workshops upgraded; new digital studio for research; major new studio space under the UCL quad. All students accommodated on the Gower Street site and Slade Research Centre established at Woburn Square studios as a dedicated research and project space.
Introduction of three-year BFA in Fine Art.
Students: Jadé Fadojutimi, Marianna Simnett, Holly Hendry, Nengi Omuku, Aaron Angell, Benedict Drew, Florian Roithmayr
Susan Collins appointed Slade Director.
Susan Collins appointed as the first female Slade Professor.
Kieren Reed appointed Slade Director.