Exploring the School of Art Collection – 2016


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. This year the group focused on our photography collection. Each student had the opportunity to choose from a selection of prints from British, American and Italian photographers active in the mid 20th century. 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.

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Matter of Life and Death: An Exhibition of Photographs from the University Collection 16 May – 9 September 2016 at the School of Art Gallery, Aberystwyth University

Final poster copyMatter 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

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 at the School of Art Gallery

Last week, the School of Art Gallery welcomed five recent undergraduates who are taking advantage of the University’s AberForward Graduate Scheme. They will be working here for a whole month, getting to know all aspects of museum work and hence, gain valuable experience for their future careers.

Today, four of them will introduce themselves here in their own words and might also contribute more to this blog over the next few weeks:

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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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New donation of 250 Erich Retzlaff prints



young girl
© Estate of Erich Retzlaff

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Anna-Claudia Guimbous has kindly donated a collection of 250 vintage prints by her father, Erich Retzlaff, to the School of Art Gallery and Museum.


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