Event celebrates Slade Art School’s feminist history

Slade School of Fine Art at UCL. Picture: Slade School of Fine Art

Slade School of Fine Art at UCL. Picture: Slade School of Fine Art - Credit: Archant

Historian Irene Cockcroft will talk tonight at Camden Local Studies and Archive Centre about the feminist history of the Slade School of Art in King’s Cross.

The Slade, now part of UCL, was founded to further the artistic education of women.

Irene told the Ham&High: “Art gave women the power to express themselves in ways they hadn’t been allowed to. In many ways women’s rights had regressed from the 18th to the 19th century, and the Slade helped arrest that and bring about the trend towards more equal treatment.”

The Slade was founded by Felix Slade in 1868 and was one of the first higher education establishments to accept women. A notable early student was the writer, artist and suffragette Ernestine Mills, who happens to be Irene’s great-aunt.

At the event, Irene will wear a custom-made blue smock which will replicate the clothing worn by many female artists at the Slade.


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The talk takes place at the CLSAC from 7.15pm. No booking is required.

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