UoB's new Artistic Director will be highlighting some of his work prior to arriving in Brighton, in particular recent projects at Modern Art
Oxford and the Artists’ Research Centre. Before briefly introducing the upcoming launch of Brighton CCA at Grand
Parade: the programme’s ethos, direction and plans for the future.
Image caption: Anne Hardy, Live in the Studio (residency and performance), installation view. Modern Art Oxford 2014
"The Art Schools of North West England"
Matthew will give a brief introduction to his research and recent photographic survey into The Art
Schools of North West England, produced in collaboration with Professor John Beck from the University of Westminster.
The art schools of the North West were a product of the region’s industrial
power during the nineteenth century, institutions aimed at meeting the
needs of industrialists, workers and civic leaders. Many art schools
grew out of Mechanics’ Institutes and other mutual improvement
organisations that provided education and training for
workers. Support for industrial training was good business, but the
rising middle class also had cultural ambitions and art schools, along
with galleries and museums, were often conceived as agents of aesthetic
This combustible mix of the practical and the creative, of working- and
aspirations, made art schools often contradictory sites of cultural
exploration and social change. The names, locations and functions of the art schools have shifted, turned and turned again with the seasons.
Heginbottom School of Art
The Central Library and Art Gallery on Old Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, once
contained the Heginbottom School of Art. Completed in 1893 by local
architects John Eaton & Sons with the
help of a £10,000 gift from local industrialist George Heginbottom, the
Oldham Road side displays allegories of the arts and crafts in
decorative medallions, a theme echoed in the painted window that lit the stairs to the art school.
Oldham Road, Ashton-under-Lyne
Photographed 27 July 2018