Alternative Facts: Interpreting Works from the School of Art Collection: 22 May to 29 September 2017 at the School of Art Gallery, Aberystwyth University

AltFactsPoster_web_mailThe 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

German Photographers Erich Retzlaff & Hans Saebens in the School of Art Collection

Back view of young girl with toy pram, Erich Retzlaff, ca. 1943, © Estate of Erich Retzlaff
Back view of young girl with toy pram, Erich Retzlaff, ca. 1943, © Estate of Erich Retzlaff
Die Kinder wachsen zum Teil noch in die schöne Tracht hinein, Hans Saebens, 1936, © Estate of Hans Saebens
Die Kinder wachsen zum Teil noch in die schöne Tracht hinein, Hans Saebens, 1936, © Estate of Hans Saebens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AberForward: Charlotte’s last week at SoA

charlotte-photo-aberforward-jan2017Hello Everyone,

it’s my final week here at the School of Art and, oddly enough, it feels like I’m graduating all over again. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and a part of me wishes it could have lasted a bit longer; but as they say ‘all good things come to an end’ and it’s time for my next adventure. In my last blog entry I’ll be discussing what Georgina, Emily and I have been getting up to in our final week, which includes:

  • Continuing the digitization of Erich Retzlaff’s negatives
  • Our quick trip to the Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth’s house
  • My time working for the National Student Survey
  • Our celebratory tea!

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AberForward: Charlotte’s 2nd Week

charlotte-photo-aberforward-jan2017Part 1

Hey everyone,

I cannot believe it’s week two of my placement. It’s going very fast, but I’m enjoying every minute of it. So the main duties I’ve had for this week were:

  • Filling out COSHH forms ready for the health and safety audit. (COSHH: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health)
  • Assisting curator Neil Holland in receiving and setting up Earth, Salt and Fire: Pots by Micki Schloessingk.
  • Photographing some of the works in the School of Art collection.
  • Continuing the digitization of Erich Retzlaff’s negatives.

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AberForward: Charlotte’s contemplations on her first week

charlotte-photo-aberforward-jan2017It’s currently week two of my journey in the AberForward programme, so I’m aware I’m a little late with my blog entries – I’m sorry! But being here, back in the place I love and where I was at my happiest, some thoughts have arisen. Continue reading

Purchase Grant Award for Hans Saebens Photographs

Dr Christopher Webster van Tonder has secured funding from the ArtsFund and ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund to add 75 vintage photographs by the German photographer Hans Saebens (born Bremen 1895, died Worpswede 1969) to the School of Art Collection.

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