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Ms Liz Rideal
Slade School of Fine Art
Gower St
  • Reader in Fine Art
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Rideal completed a Foundation at Brighton Polytechnic in 1972/3, a BA Combined Honours in English and Fine Art at Exeter University and Exeter College of Art in 1973/76 and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Exeter University in 1978.

From 1992 she has worked in the Painting Department at the Slade School of Fine Art, she also lectures and writes educational material for the National Portrait Gallery.


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Rideal's latest book How to Read Painting, had an initial UK print run of 8,000 and by April 2015 in excess of 5,500 copies had been sold. It has now been translated into Japanese, Spanish, Korean and Russian. To mark the Bloomsbury publication in October 2014, she gave a Lunchtime Lecture at UCL (streamed live). Her book has proved equally popular in the USA where it was published by Rizzoli (in April 2015, 8,000 copies) and launched at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, where the author gave a lecture introducing the concepts behind the publication, linking these to their Raphaelle Peale painting; Venus Rising from the Sea - A Deception, c.1822, (reproduced in the Still Life section of her book) and explaining in turn how this particular painting of drapery relates to her own art production. Rideal's strands of research inter-connect and are explored through lecturing, exhibiting and writing about visual art. FREEFALL, her fifth solo show in the USA was held at Gallery 339, Philadelphia in October 2014, The University of Massachusetts held a retrospective of her work in 2001 and there were three solo shows at Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York, 2000/01/06. Her latest exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue comprising an artist interview by Iwona Blazwick, Director Whitechapel Art Gallery and essays on her work by leading art historians Professor Paul Hills (Courtauld) and Professor John Onians (University of East Anglia).

Kerfuffle, BBC, 2004, Winding weeds, 2014 & Drappeggio in Ercolano, Aurelian Wall, 2008

Drapery and portraiture continue as important themes. Permanent public pieces such as Hawthorn Hall of Mirrors, for the Churchill Hospital, Oxford (2009) are now complemented by temporary film installations broadening public engagement. In Philadelphia, Cloth Cascades, was projected at night onto a wall adjacent to the gallery. In London for the Erotic Cloth, colloquium, (University for the Creative Arts, 20/03/15) Rideal showed MOI NON PLUS, a new work revealing the importance of a narrative that can suggest meanings locked within dumb textiles. This work was rooted in a previous commission Light Curtain/Drop Sari, for the exhibition Cotton: Global Threads, at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester University (2012). It animated the Victorian architecture by night in tandem with a film and print installation viewed by day in the galleries. A British Academy Grant enabled her to film the cotton industry in India.

Golden Years?1905-1950: a non-digital world. Self-expression, self-promotion, self-preservation, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (2012) continued research previously realised in her books - Insights: Self-portraits, (2005) and Mirror/Mirror: Self-portraits by Women Artists, (2001) - both published by The National Portrait Gallery and the latter co-published by Watson-Guptill, New York.

Rideal's innovative photo-booth work is included in the current History of Photography: Series and Sequences, exhibition at The Victoria and Albert Museum, alongside images by Muybridge and Fenton. In 2014, The Portland Art Museum, Oregon and The Whitworth Art Gallery acquired her work, which can now be found in 17 public Collections worldwide including, Tate, The Yale Center for British Art, George Eastman House, International Museum for Photography and Film, USA and The Museet for Fotokunst, Denmark.

Teaching Summary

Uniquely I am qualified to work part-time at two institutions, the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL) and the National Portrait Gallery, London. At the Slade I have contributed to teaching, supervision, curriculum development and assessment. I have given a number of public engagement lectures at UCL and this year I will be running a new course on Collage for the Slade Summer School.

01-OCT-1999 Lecturer Fine Art Painting Department Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1992 – 30-SEP-1998 Lecturer Postgraduate Painting Slade School of Art UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1978 PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education – Academic studies in Education University of Exeter
1976 BA Bachelor of Arts University of Exeter
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