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The Slade School of Fine Art was established in 1871 to teach fine art within a university setting. Groundbreaking in terms of art education, both male and female students were taught from the beginning with parallel access to the life model.

Initiated by Professor Liz Rideal, this symposium will offer historical perspectives alongside contemporary views through the celebration of the work of those who have identified as women artists who studied at the Slade.

Curator and author - with expertise in women in Modernism - Alicia Foster, introduces life at the Slade School of Fine Art during the 19th and 20th centuries. A discussion between Royal Academicians, Tess Jaray and Rana Begum follows; both are former Slade students and Begum was taught in Postgraduate Painting by Jaray. Chila Kumari Burman, Lindsay Seers, Sinta Tantra, Anj Smith, Vivien Zhang and Jadé Fadojutimi remember and reconsider seminal moments of their own Slade art school days. 

Dame Professor Phyllida Barlow RA will conclude the proceedings. A Slade student, Phyllida later taught in the sculpture department for more than forty years becoming the first female Slade Professor of Fine Art.