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Art Forms on Campus: introducing Amy Charlesworth, Curator of Arts

I’m delighted to announce the arrival of a new colleague working on the University of Bradford’s heritage.  Amy Charlesworth, who started work this summer, is our new Curator of Arts.   She will be responsible not only for display and outreach work but for managing the University’s Permanent Art Collection.

This stunning image comes from Amy’s first exhibition in the University’s Gallery II, Art Forms in Nature.   These photogravures by pioneering German photographer Karl Blossfeldt offer unique insights into the shapes and textures of flora and fauna.  On show till 1 November 2013.

Karl Blossfeldt.

Amy’s role has much in common with our activities in Special Collections.  We are all here to care for and make the most of the University’s heritage and to use it to reach out to new audiences.   There are many ways in which we can work together and we have exciting plans for joint exhibitions later this year and in 2014.   Watch this space!

Follow Amy on Twitter for the latest on Arts on Campus and lots of other arts news too: @amycharlesworth.

PS The story of the Visual Arts at Bradford is a fascinating and complex story, beyond the scope of this little news piece.   More on this soon however.

 

Drawing for Peace

Peggy Smith selling Peace News

Peggy Smith selling Peace News

A unique and fascinating glimpse at the personalities involved in 1930s politics, pacifism and the arts will be on show at Gallery II at the University of Bradford from 6 March – 3 April 2009. The exhibition, curated by Alison Cullingford, shows pencil drawings made by Peggy Smith while she was working freelance for newspapers in the 1930s. Peggy Smith was a dedicated peace campaigner, who worked for the League of Nations Union in the 1920s, was one of the first women to sign the Peace Pledge in 1936, and sold Peace News on the steps of St. Martin-in-the-Fields for many years, as seen in this image.  The exhibition will be the first time most of these original sketches have been shown in public.

The sketches are held by the Commonweal Library and are cared for by Special Collections at Bradford.

Like Brushes with Peace, which we blogged about last year, the show highlights the rich heritage of peace art at the University and at Bradford’s Peace Museum.

Image courtesy P. Connett.

Portraits Unveiled

Several of the archives in Special Collections at Bradford include fascinating collections of photographs and artworks showing individuals such as J.B. Priestley and Jacquetta Hawkes.  We have sent details to Understanding British Portraits, a new project mapping the rich variety of portraits in all sorts of museum, library, archive and private collections in the UK.  We will continue to contribute to this as new collections are uncovered, particularly amongst the Commonweal Archives, which include many images of peace activists.

 

Brushes with Peace

“Margaret Glover: Brushes with Peace”, at Gallery II at the University of Bradford until 11 April 2008, puts on show for the first time a collection of paintings and sketches donated to Peace Studies at the University of Bradford by this Quaker radical artist. A fascinating visual record of British and international peace activists.

For opening hours and more detail: http://www.brad.ac.uk/admin/gallery/glover.php