- Professor, Painting
Slade School of Fine Art
Gower St London
Foundation Brighton Polytechnic 1972/3 BA Combined Honours in English and Fine Art, Exeter University/Exeter College of Art 1973-76 PGCE Exeter University 1978.
Painting Department at the Slade School of Fine Art since 1992.
In writing and making art, my themes of drapery, painting, portraiture and pilgrimage elide and inform one another, making the progress of my work not linear but rather elastic and broad ranging.
Early photo-booth collages arose from scrutiny of self-portraits that in turn led to writing books and curating exhibitions. The essay, Golden Years?1905-1950: a non-digital world (Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2012) continued research for; Insights: Self-portraits (The National Portrait Gallery, 2005) and Mirror/Mirror: Self-portraits by Women Artists (NPG & Watson-Guptill, N Y. 2001). Warhol’s Dream: the self multiplied, an introduction to 500 Self-portraits (Phaidon, 2018) and Essence of Memento Mori, in Basquiat by Himself (Hirmer Verlag, 2019) continue the study. How to Read Painting : a short survey of Western European Painting (Bloomsbury & Rizzoli, 2014 & 2015) (over 65,000 + copies) remains on sale at The National Gallery London. It was the basis of my Exeter College, Oxford University Summer School coure in 2018 & 19 and is translated into Chinese, Spanish, Turkish, Korean, Polish and Russian. The launch was supported by lectures at museums and galleries both in the UK and USA, research and travel funded by an Art Fund grant. In 2018, Madam and Eve, I co-authored (with Kathleen Soriano, Laurence King pubs) and my essay Erotic Cloth Echoes in Film, appeared in The Erotic Cloth (Bloomsbury Academic). Pictorial duel: Xenia Hausner and the dual performance portrait (Albertina, Vienna and Pushkin, Moscow, 2021) is a catalogue essay for Hausner’s, True Lies exhibition.
Five solo exhibitions in the USA included a retrospective at The University of Massachusetts, in 2001, Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York, in 2000/01/06 and Gallery 339, Philadelphia in 2014.
A British Academy Grant enabled filming the Indian cotton industry resulting in, Light Curtain the commissioned film projection for Cotton: Global Threads at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 2012. Splicing Time: Rome and the Roman Campagna; Leverhulme Fellowship, 2016-17, investigated the visual and emotional resonance of drapery. Connections with the C18th Grand Tour were explored with an innovative photographic installation at UCL’s Art Museum as Artist-in-Residence and also at Compton Verney in 2020. Further Roman-inspired solo exhibitions were supported by the Cities Partnership Programme; Feu Follet, 2018 in London and Temporal Stabilities, 2020 in Rome.
My artwork featured in Fabric: Touch & Identity, Compton Verney, 2020, Women, Power, Protest, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 2019 and A History of Photography: Series and Sequences, at The Victoria and Albert Museum, 2015. Also held in public Collections including, Tate, The British Museum, The V&A, The National Portrait Gallery, The Government Art Collection, The Whitworth Art Gallery, New Hall, Cambridge and The British Academy. The Yale Center for British Art, George Eastman Museum, University of California Museum at Berkeley, The Portland Art Museum, Oregon, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA and The Museet for Fotokunst, Denmark.
At the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL) I have contributed to exhibiting, teaching, supervision, curriculum development and assessment.
As part of the 150th Anniversary I organised and chaired a symposium "Slade Women" 9 February 2022, online, with a recording of the proceedings available here -
Slade Drawing 150, published in December 2022, containing drawings from current staff members juxtaposed with others selected from UCL Art Museum Collection. I wrote the text in relation to the Slade Drawing Courses run by my colleague Sandra Smith.https://www.ucl.ac.uk/slade/slade-150/drawing-150
Slade Summer School courses include, Collage (2015) and Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal! (2016, 17, 18, 19) these focus on making connections between drawing in the studio and drawing in museums and art galleries.
Exposing the Self and juggling the uniform, was the keynote lecture at the conference Autoportraits en costumes, at the University of Nantes and the Beaux Arts de Nantes, 23-24/11/18.
Straw Poll was a paper delivered at the ON PAINTING conference in Manchester at the Whitworth Art Gallery on 31/11/15.
Straw Camera, was the catalogue essay published in connection with the exhibition, Fishing for the Moon celebrating the work of Michael Farrell, who worked at the Slade from 2003 - 2015. This was part of the Photo Club Salon, showing photographs by staff and students at the Slade School of Fine Art.
Temporal Stabilities 2020 - 4m2 Gallery, John Cabot University, Rome
Cosmati paving in Roman churches inspired work resulting in visualisations that represent the palimpsest of pilgrim footfall and a C21st haunting of the spaces. Images constitute an amalgam of artistic methodology and exist as hybrid form that echo spaces redolent of hidden histories.
Feu Follet 2018 - Crypt at St.John's Waterloo, London, SE1.
Exploring the boundaries between watercolour, film, photographic silk print and writing. An artist book produced in tandem with the exhibition, text by Florian Mussgnug.. Installed in the gloomy crypt of St John's, Waterloo. Non figurative works offer alternative interpretations of the evanescent.
Splicing Time: Terme di Diocleziano 2018 - UCL Art Museum
Installation of prints on silk and inkjet on rag paper.
The Small Press Project 2016 - North Lodge, UCL, Gower St.
Staff, student artist book exhibition
Shared: CHECK MATE SQUARED 2015 - Somerset House
New digital photobooth interactive work, period original photo-booth analogue collages, drawings, inkjet and ctype prints. Money raised for Macmillan Charity.
Ruth Borchard Self-portrait Prize 2015 - King's Place, London
A History of Photography: Series and Sequences 2015 - Photobooth Original Collage - The Victoria and Albert Museum.
The Photographs Gallery draws upon the V&A’s internationally renowned collection of photographs, and chronicles the history of photography from 1839 up to the present day. In 1852, the V&A became the first museum in the UK to collect photographs and in 1858, the first to hold a photography exhibition. Its collection is now among the most important in the world and forms the UK’s national collection of the art of photography.
The Photographs Gallery celebrates the creative language and visual appeal of photographs in their many forms, and showcases some of the most technically brilliant and artistically accomplished photographs in the museum's collection. The display focuses on the wider visions of photographers through series and sequences of images, and features Lewis Baltz, Sian Bonnell, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Harold Edgerton, Masahisa Fukase, Sally Mann, Eadweard Muybridge, Nicholas Nixon, Liz Rideal, Josef Sudek and Sze Tsung Leong.
IT’S A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY 2015 - Gallery 339, Philadelphia, USA
“It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” is the last show for Gallery 339 in Philadelphia. The gallery has been a remarkable adventure, and we are happy with what we have been able to accomplish over the last ten years. We had wanted to bring great photography to the city, and take the extraordinary work of Philadelphia photographers to other places. And through the tremendous effort of staff, artists, and other supporters, many wonderful pictures have come to Philadelphia, and remarkable photographs from here have gone out to collectors around the world. With this last show, we want to sum up the gallery in an appropriate way, which is not simply a look back. We are pleased therefore to present some of the best-remembered images from past exhibitions alongside compelling new projects. We have been very fortunate to work with an exceptional group of photographers since we opened, and it is a privilege to exhibit their art one more time.
Salad 2015 - L'escargot
Exhibition including staff, students and alumni from the Slade School of Art, curated by Andrew Stahl, Head of Undergraduate Painting Department. Slade School of Art.
Ben Clarke, Reg Gadney, Simon Granger, Jumpei Kinoshita, Motoko Ishibashi, Neil Jeffries, Jin Han Lee, Alastair Mackinven, James Ng, Vaishali Prazmari, Ellie Pratt, Paul Richards, Liz Rideal, Babette Semmer, Andrew Stahl, Charlotte Verity, Virginia Verran, Barbara Wesolowska, Tom Worsfold and Vivien Zhang.
FREEFALL 2014 - Mixed Photographic - Gallery 339, Philadelphia, USA
Works in photographic media (silk photograms, digital prints, Photo Booth collages, c-types and b & w prints) that describe floating fabrics in spaces either confined to the booth interior spaces or those created by Baroque architect Borromini in Rome.
Fabric 2014 - Collyer Bristow Gallery, 4 Bedford Row, Holborn, London WC1R 4TF
Artists have wrapped, knitted and woven for centuries but the use of ‘fabric’ as a medium is going through an interesting resurgence. Increasing global demand for cheap clothing and huge technological advancement have both imbued the very material with meaning beyond the domestic, enabling fabrics to be printed and manipulated in hitherto unimaginable ways. This eponymous exhibition looks at some current practices, teasing out threads and themes through the work of 8 artists.
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014 2014 - Royal Academy, Piccadilly
Annual competition at the R.A.
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2013 2013 - Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London
Annual Summer Competition Exhibition
Ahmedabad - Manchester: Cotton exchange: a material response 2013 - Old Rajnagar Mill, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
On the occasion of celebrating UNESCO World Heritage Day in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Jointly funded by the Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University, Manchester Metropolitan University in association with National Textile Corporation Ltd. (A government of India Undertaking). An initiative towards documenting and research on the management of Industrial Heritage of India.
Small is Beautiful XXX 2012 - Flowers Central, Cork St. WC1
Drop sari 2012 - Delhi
Selected in competition for the Delhi Film Festival
Discerning Eye 2012 - Mall Galleries
Tapestry Weaving the Century at Dovecot Studios 1912-2012 2012 - Compton Verney
Dovecot Studios Edinburgh: A history of weaving
In Paradisum: Disappearing Act: Marthe Callet (née Bailleul) 1896-1993. 2012 - Rich Mix, London
Disappearing Act: Marthe Callet (née Bailleul) 1896-1993.
More photos about buildings and food 2012 - Gallery 339, Philadelphia, USA
A visual riff on Brian Eno's Talking Heads second album - More songs about buildings and food.
Voilier - Sailing 2012 - Slade Research Centre and touring
ne minute film on sailing
Weaving the Century 1912-2012.
Tapestry from Dovecot Studios 2012 - Dovecot Studios
Verdure - commissioned work from Dovecot Studios.
Speed Date at St.Paul's 2012 - UCL Slade Research Centre, WC1 0NS
Cities Methadologies (2012)
Water 2012 - C2 Gallery, MK17 9DD
Film, book and painting around the theme of water.
Visions of Italy 2012 - Villa Wolkonsky, British Embassy
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2012 2012 - Royal Academy
ECHO (Forbes Watson)
Swedish Tango 2012 - Galleri Arnstedt, Östra Karup, Sweden
Bronzes in project space
Making Space 2012 - Slade Centre for Research, UCL
Cotton: Global Threads 2012 - Film, LEDs, Monotype Prints, Installation - The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Gallery illuminated by night with film and LEDs. Inside by day, film installation and monotypes produced while artist in residence at Aurobora.com. San Francisco.
Small is Beautiful XXIX 2011 - Flowers Central Gallery
About Face 2011 - Gallery 339, Philadelphia
Recent portraiture in photography, includes Tina Barney.
Mandrake II 2011 - Gallery Arnstedt,Postridarensvag 18, Ostra Karup, Sweden
Bronze cast matthiola plants.
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2011 2011 - Royal Academy, Burlington House,Piccadilly, W1.UK
Danzando con Borromini 2010 - Photography - Hybrida Contemporanea, v.Reggio Emilia 32, Roma
Photographs of flying silk within backdrops of Borromini's architecture.
Roman Dance, Cities Methodologies 2010 - Slade Research Centre, UCL, Woburn Square, WC1.
Cities Methodologies 2010 presents recent innovations in urban methods from current researchers at UCL. Through the juxtaposition of installations, films, maps, models, objects, performances, photographs, poems, talks, texts, walks, websites and workshops, visitors will encounter a diverse array of cities and urban conditions – from literature in London, to flyovers in Mumbai, from movement and spatial organisation in Jeddah, to fear in New York City, and housing in Lisbon seen through cinema. The exhibition and events programme promise a unique experience for urban practitioners, researchers, and others interested in contemporary cities. They will provide insights into emerging and experimental methods in the urban field, looking right across the full spectrum of disciplines in which the city is predominant, including distinctive perspectives and interdisciplinary collaborations from the built environment, the arts and humanities and the social and historical sciences.
Reading with the Master (Off the Shelf) 2010 - Video - Wilkins building
Slade, UCL group staff/student exhibition. Many multi-media works and performances.
Contemporary Women Printmakers 2009 - St.George's Hospital, SW17. UK
Contemporary Women Printmakers, Arts for the Teaching and Healing Environment (AfTTE) V&A museum and Paintings in Hospitals
Curated by Sarah Grant V&A (assisant curator of Prints V&A)
BRITISH SUBJECTS: IDENTITY & SELF-FASHIONING 1965-2009 2009 - Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, Westchester County, NY. USA
Picturing Eden 2009 - The John & Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
Bow Quarter Art Annual 2008 - 261 Manhattan Buildings, Bow Quarter, Fairfield Road, London, E3 2UG
Tempo Reale 2008 - The British School at Rome
Svolgere/Avvolgere, 2008 - Nunziante Magrone, Piazza dei Pietro, Rome
Cloth Fair 2007 - Bart's Hospital, London
Projection by night onto Bartholomew the Less belltower. Illumination of the Bart's gatehouse.
Cohesion: textiles & photography, 2007 - Ellen Curlee Gallery, St.Louis, USA
Picturing Eden 2007 - Museum for Photographic Arts, San Diego, California, USA
Above and Below Ground 2006 - Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA
Fall, River, Snow 2006 - Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Suc des Vosges 2006 - Lucas Schoormans Gallery, NY
Revealed, Nottingham's Contemporary Textiles 2005 - Castle Museum, Nottingham
Tango 3 2004 - Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall
Who's Looking at the Family? 2004 - Barbican Art Gallery, EC1, London
Focus on Photography 2004 - Zurich, Switzerland
Hybrid 2003 - Art Space, Imperial College London
The Auroral Light: Photographs by Women 2003 - The Grolier Club, New York, USA
Drawing 100 2003 - The Drawing Centre, London
Mandrake Tango 2003 - HackelBury Fine Art, London
100% Photograph 2002 - HackelBury Fine Art, London
Works 1992/2002 Mandrake Tango 2002 - The Fine Art Centre, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Fold: Drapery in Contemporary Visual Culture 2002 - City Art Gallery, Leicester
Monotypes 2002 - Aurobora Press, San Francisco, USA
Lux 2002 - Photobooth Collage 142x116 Cm - Lucas Schoormans Gallery, 508 W26th St. New York 10001
Works reflecting specific use of light in artworks, for example Dan Flavin.
Stills 2001 - Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York, USA
Chelsea Girls, Cinema Studies 2001 - Photobooth Original Collage - Lucas Schoormans Gallery, 508, West 26th St, 11B. New York 10001
An exhibition focusing on how artists are influenced by film in their work. Examples from Muybridge, Katz and Nauman.
Lyon Town Hall Projection 2000 - Lyon, France
Concerning the Photo-Booth 2000 - Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
Seasonal Stills 2000 - HackelBury Fine Art, London
Photographs 96-98 2000 - Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York, USA
Lignum/Silva 2000 - Hiscox Gallery, London
Hall of Mirrors: Variants of the Portrait 2000 - Museet of Fotokunst, Denmark
Double Purl 1999 - Ally Gallery, London
Pacaembu: A Planetary Reply for the World 1999 - Oficina Cultural Oswald de Andrade, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Liz Rideal: New Work 1999 - Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Up On Deck 1999 - Ramsgate Art Gallery, Ramsgate
Kiss Kiss 1999 - Focal Point Gallery, Southend
Liz Rideal: New Work 1998 - Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester, Kent.
Originals 1998 - The Photographer's Gallery, London.
Solo x(9) 1998 - Berry House, St.John St. London EC1.UK
Liz Rideal: New Work 1998 - Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham.
50 Ans de Tati 1998 - Musée de Arts Décoratifs, Palais de Louvre, France.
The Mag Collection: Image Based Work in the Late 20th Century 1998 - The Fruit Market Gallery, Edinburgh and toured to The Towner Gal
Conceived at Christmas 1997 - The Photographers' Gallery, London
History: The Mag Collection (Image Based Art in Britain in the Late 20th Century.) 1997 - Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull
Behind the Arras 1997 - Economist Plaza, London, WC1
Through the Looking Book, 20 Years of Circle Press 1997 - Royal National Theatre, London
As Big as Life 1995 - Michael Klein Gallery, 40 Wooster St. New York. USA
Portrait show. Reviewed by The Village Voice, Vince Aletti, 25 July, 1995
A Mes Beaux Yeux: Auto-portraits Contemporains. Here's Looking at ME 1993 - ELAC, Espace Lyonnais d'Art,Ville de Lyon, France
Broad range of self-portraits - including Richard Hamilton, George Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat,Louise Bourgeois, Gilbert & George, Gerhard Richter et al.
'The Arbitrarinous Line: Line = Map = Division'. 1990 - The Orchard Gallery
Irish photo-booth project in association with Photo-Me Northern Ireland and Woolworth's Derry
People Profile: Pillars of Society 1988 - Museum and Art Gallery Stoke on Trent
Identity 1985 - The National Portrait Gallery,, London
using a photobooth