Borough Road Gallery
The Borough Road Gallery was built in 2012 in the Borough Road Building of London South Bank University, and is dedicated to showing work from A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection: a collection of paintings and drawings by the artists David Bomberg, Dennis Creffield, Cliff Holden, Thomas Holden, Edna Mann, Dorothy Mead and Miles Richmond .
During an exhibition, Borough Road Gallery is open:
Wednesday to Friday from 1pm to 5pm
Saturday from 12pm to 5pm
"Keep the Paint Moving": David Bomberg and the Art of Radical Teaching
- 22 April — 2 July 2016 *on now
Whilst at Borough Polytechnic, Bomberg forged a path as a radical teacher, who ignored stylistic convention, curriculums and examinations in favour of an approach that allowed artists to find their own individual vision. In so doing, he carved a role for himself as an outsider, at the same time as becoming, and remaining, a lasting influence on a generation of artists. This exhibition examines Bomberg’s teaching practice in his own work and that of five artists who studied under him: Dennis Creffield, Cliff Holden, Edna Mann, Dorothy Mead and Miles Richmond, plus a rich array of archive material and accounts.
Dennis Creffield in-conversation with Kate Aspinall
- 12 May 2016 7-8pm
Creffield attended Bomberg’s classes from 1947-1951, and Bomberg’s approach had a significant, and lasting, impact on Creffield’s practice. With a long and distinguished career, Creffield will elucidate on his experience of being taught by Bomberg as a young man whilst still in his teens. The discussion will look at Bomberg’s approach, the atmosphere and dynamic of this unique pedagogic setting, and Bomberg’s legacy on Creffield’s practice and more.
Dennis Creffield was born in London in 1931; he now lives and works in Brighton. He studied with David Bomberg at Borough Polytechnic from 1947 to 1951, and was elected to be a member of the Borough Group in 1949 on his eighteenth birthday. Following this he attended the Slade School of Fine Art from 1957 to 1961, where he won the Tonks Prize for life drawing and the Steer Medal for landscape painting. In 1987 Creffield was commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain to draw all the medieval cathedrals in England, and in 1990 undertook to draw 11 of the northern French cathedrals. These cathedral works are perhaps Creffield’s most famous works to date (a selection of these drawings were shown at Pallant House in 2014); however the human body has also been a long-standing preoccupation. Works by Creffield are included in A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection, as well as numerous public collections, including Tate Britain, The British Museum, the Arts Council Collection, the Imperial War Museum and the National Trust Collection. He is represented by James Hyman.
Free entry, booking recommended.
Borough Road Gallery
London South Bank University
103 Borough Road