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To mark the Slade 150, the anniversary documentary will track key moments of the 150 years, highlighting transformations, firsts, and definitive moments along the way. Through interviews, archives, artworks, and filmography, the documentary will shed light on the Slade’s present through the prism of the past, and look to the future, exploring the Slade’s role at the vanguard of art research and education.

The film is directed and produced by Kate Stonehill and Justin Hardy.

Slade@150 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL.

The film has been commissioned by Professor Stella Bruzzi as dean of the arts and humanities, to celebrate the Slade past, present and future. Stella hired two UCL academic-filmmakers, award-winners, Kate Stonehill and Justin Hardy, to co-direct a filmic piece that ranges from 19871 to the present day, from the arrival of women students, the growth of transnationalism in the mid 20th century, and the current crises of brilliance that include graduating during the pandemic.

The film is told as a visual poem, in six distinct verses, to underline that this is a single version of the story, not the definitive alternative. A central theme is that while there are a number of world famous alumni/ae, such as Paula Rego and Antony Gormley, going back in time to Stanley Spencer and Gwen John, the Slade is proud of its entire community that has each contributed to the collective, as teachers, curators, practitioners, inside and outside the world of art.

Film running time 1 hour.

Bloomsbury Theatre
6 - 7pm
Wednesday 8 June 2022