I was commissioned to write a feature about how a group of artists who graduated from Preston Polytechnic, which is now UCLAN, were reunited.
The Recall Exhibition saw artists from the class of 1977 to 1980 come together to showcase paintings, photography, drawings and sculpture at The Storey in Lancaster.
The full article appears in Bay Living Magazine.
The RECALL exhibition in The Gallery at The Storey is a reunion with a difference – bringing 28 artists talented artists from all over the world to where their journey began – 40 years on.
Taking place from Saturday October 21 to Wednesday November 1, visitors can expect a visual treat with sculptures, photographs, prints and paintings created by students who graduated from the BA Fine Art course at The Storey Institute at Preston Polytechnic from 1977 to 1980.
Notable alumni includes Andy Goldsworthy, whose breathtakingly beautiful work has exhibited at the British Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Palacio di Cristal in Madrid and featured on BBC documentaries and on the Royal Mail’s Christmas postage stamps.
Bringing their work together is the brainchild of Jude Trescatheric, who was Head of Art at Heysham High School in Morcambe. She held an exhibition called Human Elements at The Storey in 2014 and began to think about a future reunion.
Jude, now 60, explained: “I knew what was involved with curating an exhibition and as Lancaster City Council had just taken over the building I thought about the possibility of an exhibition reuniting our friends from art school.
“Around two years ago myself and Theresa Taylor got in touch with more art school chums on Facebook and realised that it was over 40 years since we were all in college together.
“We knew the gallery at The Storey was such a great venue, so Theresa and I decided to go ahead and organise it. Another artist, Tony Coney, came up with the title RECALL, and sadly he had to drop out but Dave Sergeant stepped forward to help with curating.”
RECALL will see a collection of recent work by graduates from the late 1970s and members of staff who are practicing artists from the same period and is rich in content and historically pertinent to The Storey building.
There will be a strong sculptural presence, and Jude feels much of the work was inspired by tutor Barry Midgley. Former student Adrian Moakes has had 64 commissions for public art, Andrew Kay has led a similar path in Australia and David Schofield has been consultant creative director of a theme park in Sweden.
Other noteworthy contributors include Theresa Taylor and Gordon Faulds, who has shown at The Venice International Biennale and Rob Hart, Alexandra Leadbeater and Tim Shorten who have enjoyed great painting careers, Lancaster based Patricia Haskey and photographer Chris Mott and printmaker Laine Tomkinson.
Jude added: “We are all very excited to be bringing so many inspiring artists together again in the beautiful Storey building which holds so many dear memories. Many of us came from other areas but settled here or moved back because we loved Lancaster so much so it’s lovely to be together again.”
RECALL opens on Saturday October 21 to Wednesday November 1 from 10.30am to 4.00pm. There is a late night opening on Friday October 27 from 10.30am to 8pm
It then moves to PR1 Gallery, UCLan, Preston from Monday November 6 to – Wednesday, November 29, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.