Mary Ellen Edwards – A Victorian Woman Illustrator

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Mary Ellen Edwards (later Mrs Freer, later Mrs Staples) by Unknown photographer, albumen carte-de-visite with black masking paint, 1860s, © National Portrait Gallery, London

Illustrator Mary Ellen Edwards was born to Mary (née Johnson, c.1809-1898) and Downes Edwards (c. 1805-1882) on the 6th November 1838 on her father’s farm in Surbiton just outside London. The family had nine children of which two died in infancy. The Edwards moved frequently. Her father was an engineer and inventor and had by 1848 enough funds to built a family residence, Ravenscliffe in Douglas on the Isle of Man. Eventually they settled in London and lived there at various addresses in fashionable parts of town such as Pimlico, South Kensington and Chelsea.

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Exploring the School of Art Collection 2018

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 decided on the theme of ‘The Stage’. Each student had the opportunity to choose from a selection of prints, drawings and photographs featuring theatres, concerts, ballets, circuses and more. 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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Exploring the School of Art Collection 2017

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Gathering Storm, Corinna Button, drypoint with monotype, 2006

Three women sit on a bench huddled close together. Backs to us, their arms wrap around each other snuggly, they look intimate and protected. Heads bent forward with faces close, these women are in the middle of a private moment, excluding the rest of the world. Rain falls from black clouds in the sky above, whilst overhead telephone wires stretch across poles from either side of the women, as if framing them. They are centre and focus of the print.

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Follow-up 6. German Talk

Hello all,

thank you very much for attending yesterday’s talk about David Ferry’s exhibition. I hope you enjoyed our little trip into his surreal world, in which exotic fish invade ancestral homes and the great British landscape meets ‘The Great British Bake Off’.

As usual, please find below the exercise sheets which are free to download for everybody who is keen on brushing up on his or her German. Images are under copyright, and it is forbidden to distribute them any further and/or use them for any commercial purposes.

All the best and bis bald,

Karen

6. German Talk November 2018

PS: Anyone who would like to be added to the mailing list for German & French Talk-updates can email me on: kaw25@aber.ac.uk

3. French Talk Follow-up

Hello all,

thank you very much for attending last night. We hope you enjoyed the talk and the exhibition.

Please find the exercise sheet below to print off for free to practice your French. As usual, please be aware of copyright and don’t use anything for commercial purposes.

The date for the next talk will be published on social media, in the EGO Magazine (if decided on before their submission deadline) and distributed via the mailing list.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list, which includes the information for both our German and French Talks, please email Karen: kaw25@aber.ac.uk

3. French Talk – Travelling Through – November 2018

Best wishes,

Marie and Karen

Holden Holcombe’s ‘This Is How It Feels’ – PhD exhibition, School of Art, 22/11/2018 – 09/02/2019

HOLDENH_webThis Is How It Feels explores the intimate stories of eighteen transgender men and their journeys of transition from female-to-male. Holcombe uses new media art techniques, including augmented reality, to give audience members a glimpse of the FTM transgender experience through their own perspective. The exhibition features manipulated QR (quick-response) codes that explore the relationship between the lived experiences of the transgender man and the fabricated world of social media. These codes, in turn, ask audience members to participate in a new context of social media, both inside and out of the gallery space.

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