Borough Road Gallery announces Susan Sluglett as its first Artist in Residence
18 November 2014
contemporary painter whose gestural and expressive work explores narratives and
characters, Susan Sluglett's
three-month residency begins at Borough Road Gallery in December 2014.
Sluglett was recognised in 2013 by being awarded the prestigious
Jerwood Painting Fellowship, with a related exhibition at Jerwood Visual Arts.
She has also shown at Southampton City Art Gallery as part of 'From David
Bomberg to Paula Rego' (2014) and at the Lion and Lamb Gallery (2014).
This is the inaugeral residency offered by the Borough
Road Gallery, which is part of LSBU's multi-disciplinary School of Arts and Creative Industries and opened in June 2012 with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
cares for A David Bomberg Legacy – The
Sarah Rose Collection, a collection of works by David Bomberg and The Borough
Group which was formed by a number of his students. Bomberg is considered one of the most significant British artists and
teachers of the 20th century and taught at LSBU in the 1940s and
1950s. The Gallery uses the A
David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection as a resource and inspiration for a dynamic
programme of exhibitions, talks, newly commissioned texts, workshops, new oral
histories and a growing Digital Archive.
returned to painting following a successful career in another field, and threw
herself energetically back into her practice. This energy is translated in her
work and is reflective of the spirit of Bomberg's teachings. She is also
the Deputy Vice-President of The London Group, which was founded by Bomberg and
other artists in 1913.
residency, half of the gallery will be turned into a live artist studio –
regularly open to visitors, groups, LSBU staff and students – with the other
half of the gallery dedicated to a display of works from the Collection
selected by Sluglett and Borough Road Gallery. Together this new project is
entitled Three Floors Down: In the Studio
and will run from 3 December 2014 – 28 February 2015.
said: "As a painter I am inspired by the fact that the residency is a place
to reactivate history, making the past present, and I see the residency as an
opportunity to both excavate new stories from within the Collection and elaborate
on the history of painting."
Gallery Curator Rachel Fleming-Mulford commented: "Many of the artists in A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose
Collection would have benefited from further exposure and opportunities in
their lifetimes. The Borough Road Gallery Artist Residency 2014/15 continues
Bomberg's legacy by awarding the residency to a female painter at a timely
moment in her career. We are delighted to welcome Susan and are excited to see
the ways in which the residency will offer new perspectives and open up A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose
Collection, for broad audiences to enjoy."