Hull School of Art and Design showcases the talent of its alumni

Published: Wednesday 25th October 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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Hull School of Art and Design has delved into its deep archives to pick out work from some of the most talented artists to ever grace its halls.

In celebration of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, HSAD has curated a diverse exhibition featuring over twenty alumni. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future… aims to reflect the incredible influence that the school has had on the artists, as well as document the former students’ experiences of their time in the city.

Until Friday 15 December, The Brodrick Gallery will proudly highlight the achievements of their pupils. Some of them have made magnificent contributions to the country’s culture and the wider art world. Many of them have become respected artists and a few have even returned to the classroom to share their knowledge, becoming heads of art schools and university departments.

HSAD was founded in 1861. During this time, classes were actually given in a suite at the Public Assembly Rooms, which is now known as Hull New Theatre. Over a decade later, the school moved to a Georgian townhouse on Albion Street. Since then, the college has been renamed and rehoused several times. Finally, in 1972, a new Art College Building next to Queen’s Gardens was commissioned. This was completed and opened its doors to students in 1974.

Work from Brian Cooke, Clyde Hopkins, Stuart Ross, Simon Lewis, Michael Lyons, Mali Morris and Rob Gawthrop plus a number of others will be displayed at the on-campus art space.

The Brodrick Gallery, which is open to both the public and HSAD students, is completely free to enter and regularly displays the work of budding artists, degree shows and pieces of national and international repute. The space was recently refurbished and has rapidly become one of the city’s leading galleries.

HSAD decided to name their gallery after Hull-born architect Cuthbert Brodrick. He set up practice on Savile Street in the mid-1800s and went on to design Leeds Town Hall, Hull Town Hall, Hull Royal Institution and Leeds Corn Exchange, among many others.

With over 150 years of history, HSAD has housed a diversity of artists from a huge array of fields and practices. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future… is the school’s first alumni show, focusing on creators who studied at the college between 1960 and 2010.

Combining paintings, print, sound installation and sculpture, the exhibition strives to present the distinctive essence of the school, whilst acknowledging some of its most acclaimed designers. The event is sure to inspire current and future students.

You can catch A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future… at the Brodrick Gallery until Friday 15 December.

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Published: Wednesday 25th October 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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