London South Bank University is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant of £239,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a new gallery displaying the work of influential artists David Bomberg and the Borough Group.
David Bomberg is regarded as one of the twentieth century's most significant British artists and art teachers.
He taught at London South Bank University, then Borough Polytechnic, during the 1940s and 50s, and with his students he formed the Borough Group. Bomberg's work is displayed in numerous galleries, including the Tate, but this will be the first permanent dedicated exhibition when it opens in Spring 2012.
The art works were generously donated to the University by collector Sarah Rose, and comprise approximately 80 paintings and 100 works on paper by Bomberg and other members of the Borough Group.
The gallery will be housed in two ground floor rooms in the University's Borough Road building, directly below where Bomberg and his students worked. It will be enhanced by a programme of educational activities, including a teaching series on figurative painting, heritage art classes organised with local adult education centres, and walking tours connecting the Collection and local social history with major cultural institutions, including Tate Britain and Tate Modern.
Professor Mike Molan, Executive Dean of the University's Faculty of Arts and Human Science, said: "London South Bank University is very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their grant, and we're extremely proud to be housing this permanent collection within the University, where Bomberg and his students created such significant work.
"We believe that the gallery will be an exciting destination for local residents and visitors to London's cultural South Bank, and we hope that many people will benefit from the educational activities also on offer."
Posted: 18th July 2011