Slade School of Fine Art

UCL

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This autumn, the Slade will celebrate 150 years of fine art teaching and research with a varied programme of events that reflect on the past, showcase the present, and look ahead to the future.

 From Stanley Spencer and Chila Kumari Burman to Rachel Whiteread and Michael Armitage, Slade School of Fine Art has educated and trained generations of world-renowned artists since 1871.

Celebratory events will range from a Slade 150 symposium series to exhibitions in the UCL Octagon Gallery and UCL Art Museum, leading up to a landmark anniversary moment in the summer of 2022. All events will seek to engage in critical conversations around access, inclusion and the future of art education.

About Slade School of Fine Art at UCL
Since its foundation in 1871, following a bequest to UCL from Felix Slade, the School has been a leader in fine art education, fostering innovative, interdisciplinary artistic and art research cultures. Its multiple histories have transformed art education, research, and practice, both in the past and present, nationally and internationally.

‘It is by reflecting on our multiple histories and learning from how these have informed the present that we can chart our course for the future. We hope that our 150th celebrations will involve the entire Slade community in this milestone year. This is also an opportunity to include the public and the whole arts sector, as well as students past, present and future, in the next chapter of Slade’s story.’

Professor Kieren Reed, Slade Director.

Keep up to date
We look forward to involving the entire Slade community in this milestone year. Please follow #Slade150 to keep up to date with these events. You can also register to join our Slade 150 mailing list to receive updates via email.

 

Slade One Fund

Slade One Fund

We’re launching the Slade One Fund and calling on the collective generosity of like-minded donors to invest in our central vision.

Colour and Poetry: A Symposium IV

Colour and Poetry: A Symposium IV

Colour & Poetry: A Symposium IV, 20 – 22 March 2022, is a cross and interdisciplinary three-day online event held by the Slade in celebration of International Colour Day, World Poetry Day and World Pigment Day.

Slade 150: Past, Present, Future

Slade 150: Past, Present, Future

The School celebrates its 150th anniversary by capturing the real experiences of its students in a unique year in this artist-led exhibition.

Printing the Future

Printing the Future

For the Slade’s 150th anniversary celebrations, artists and recent  Slade alumni Nia Fekri and Mataio Austin Dean worked with three East London schools, to create this banner that places the pupils and their ideas of ‘home’ into UCL’s architectural, historical, and intellectual footprint.

Testing Ground

Testing Ground

29 September 2021 - 10 June 2022
UCL Art Museum hosts Testing Ground, an exhibition focussing on printmaking at the Slade and experimental prints, and a time map of the Slade: ThanksToEveryoneForEverything.

Letters to the Archive

Letters to the Archive

Did you attend the Slade? Do you have a story for the Slade archive? To mark the Slade’s 150th anniversary in 2021, we invite you to contribute to our understanding of the Slade and its histories by writing a letter for the archive...

Slade 150 Film

Slade 150 Film

Watch the trailer for the Slade 150 documentary film, which is being made as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations.

Making Colour - 8 December 2021

Making Colour - 8 December 2021

Making Colour is an afternoon symposium of presentations and poetry readings from within the arts and sciences that celebrate the colours of the rainbow.

Spineless Wonders Symposium - 12 November 2021

Spineless Wonders Symposium - 12 November 2021

Small Press Artists Books; The Global Book; Materials, Materiality and Process. An event presenting research on small press publications, raising questions for contemporary and future publication through returning to early histories of word and image.

Townsend Lecture 2021 - Zineb Sedira

Townsend Lecture 2021 - Zineb Sedira

The Slade School of Fine Art is delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed artist and Slade alumna Zineb Sedira to give the next William Townsend Memorial Lecture on Wednesday 8 December. Free, reserve via Eventbrite

Slade Alumni Profiles

Slade Alumni Profiles

As part of the Slade 150th anniversary programme, Rebecca Loweth produced four videos of Slade students interviewing Slade alumni about their art education journeys.

Slade 150 Launch Event

Slade 150 Launch Event

To mark the start of the Slade’s 150th anniversary year, we will be hosting an online launch event on 4 October, which will mark the start of the celebrations and introduce the events that will follow through the year. 

Open City Documentary Festival

Open City Documentary Festival

8-14 September in London and 13-23 September online
This year there are several film screening events at the Festival in relation to Slade 150.

Get Involved

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved in our celebrations: join our 150 mailing list, help us locate copyright holders, or follow us on #slade150.