The phrase ‘alternative facts’ is a recent addition to our vocabulary. It has come to prominence in a political climate in which views and actions are shaped more by emotions than by reliable intelligence. Reflecting this shift, Oxford Dictionaries declared ‘post-truth’ to be Word of the Year 2016. And yet, alternative facts are as old as language itself. Continue reading
Matter of Life and Death was an exhibition of black-and-white photographs from the School of Art collection at Aberystwyth University. About sixty photographs were selected for display by a group of School of Art undergraduates who were enrolled on the module Curating an Exhibition. Continue reading
Special thanks to Joyce Cummings and Vic of the Cheltenham Local History Society; without their research in local Cheltenham Newspapers this essay would have been much poorer.
The School of Art collection at Aberystwyth houses eleven landscape prints engraved by Edward John Burrow after drawings by Robert Eustace Tickell. Tickell had them printed in a volume entitled ‘The Vale of Nantgwilt – A Submerged Valley‘ in1894 (Fig. 1). Who were Burrow and Tickell and why did they choose to record these pleasant and picturesque if otherwise unremarkable scenes?
This link leads to Nicole Elaine Wade’s website which was the result of her MA research project back in 2015. ‘Views of the Picturesque’ aims to provide a selective interpretation of late eighteenth century landscape prints within the Aberystwyth University School of Art Gallery and Museum Collection.
Landscape With A Goatherd, Richard Earlom after a drawing by Claude Lorrain, 1774
This link leads to the Karen Westendorf’s website about the 19th century illustrator Richard Doyle. It is the result of her MA research project back in 2015. The School of Art holds a series of his illustrations, designed for The Cornhill Magazine in 1861/2. (They are not the original drawings but the printed foldouts as they appeared in the magazine.)
At Home (example of Richard Doyle’s Bird’s-Eye Views of Society)
As part of the first year art history module Exploring the School of Art Collections, students have the opportunity to write a small piece for this blog page. This year the group focused on images portraying different narratives be it a myth, fable, a play, a poem or even a historical or biblical account. Each student had the opportunity to choose from a selection of pictures. They only had one week to undertake some research before presenting their drafts. They all worked very hard on these projects so please take the time to view their efforts!
This art history module provides first year students with an opportunity to learn about the varied aspects of the collections held at the School of Art. The course includes two writing workshops where students create a short piece for this blog page. This year the theme was portraiture. Each student had the opportunity to choose from a selection of pictures. They only had one week to undertake some research before presenting their drafts. They all worked very hard on these projects so please take the time to view their efforts!