Academic Session 21: Loughborough 2017
43rd Annual Conference and Art Book Fair
6th – 8th April 2017
Pioneering Women: The first 100 years of women artists at the Slade School of Art (1871–1975)
Anna Liesching, National Museums Northern Ireland
Alice Strickland, Imperial College Healthcare Charity
The Slade School of Art, founded in 1871, was established to teach fine art within a University setting. Both male and female students were taught from the beginning, seven years before the University of London allowed women to take its examinations. The Slade provided professional development and creative experience for many prominent artists of this period, whether through teaching or study. From a glance at the school’s alumni it is clear that the mix of artistic voices made this institution unique and aided the individual careers of many.
This round table discussion will enable contributors to share their research and explore women artists studying and teaching at the Slade, from its inception until the end of William Coldstream’s tenure as head in 1975. An interesting investigation would be to look at how this school, in a time of restricted learning, aided the careers of women and if social and economic circumstances influenced their training and future career choices. It is hoped that the discussion will look at how artists’ Slade training equipped them for professional life and their ability to establish studios. It would also be interesting to explore how networks established at the Slade influenced where women artists exhibited and the groups they joined.
The discussion will be introduced by the convenors and explore their specific research. A selected panel of contributors from Tate’s British Art Network sub-group ‘British Women Artists, 1750–1950’ will then join in the discussion and highlight their own research in the field.