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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.

http://www.lizrideal.com                                                                                          http://www.npg.org.uk/research/staff-research-profiles/liz-rideal.php

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Research Summary
How to Read Painting : a short survey of Western European Painting, has now sold in excess of 55,000 copies. To mark the publication of the book by Bloomsbury in October 2014 (initial UK print run 8,000) Rideal gave a Lunch Hour Lecture at UCL (live streamed and available online) and lectured at the The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and The Wallace Collection, London‪: works from these collections feature in the book. It has been translated into Chinese, Spanish, Turkish, Korean, Polish and Russian. Published by Rizzoli, USA (April 2015, 8,000 copies), her launch lecture at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, introduced the concepts behind the publication and linked these to their 1869, Raphaelle Peale‪,‬ explaining how this drapery painting relates to her own art production. Rideal gained an Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer grant for her USA research and travel. 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, in 2000/01/06. Her latest exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue with contributions by Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Professor John Onians (University of East Anglia) and Professor Paul Hills (Courtauld) .


Kerfuffle, BBC building wrap, 2004, Drappeggio in Ercolano, Aurelian Wall projection, Rome, 2009

Palazzo Spada (cat), British Academy, London, 2016

Drapery and portraiture continue as important themes. In Philadelphia, Cloth Cascades, was projected at night onto an adjacent gallery wall. 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 for the exhibition Cotton: Global Threads, at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester University (2012). 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 was included in the History of Photography: Series and Sequencesexhibition at The Victoria and Albert Museum, alongside images by Muybridge and Fenton, February-September 2015. In 2014, The Portland Art Museum, Oregon and The Whitworth Art Gallery acquired her work, which can now be found in 20 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, including at the Slade Salon and at the Bloomsbury Festival of Light, I was part of a panel with Berry Chevasco discussing, Light in Art, Literature and Architecture. In 2015 I ran a new course on Collage for the Slade Summer School, this year I will focus on drawing in museums and art galleries with a course entitled Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal! I delivered a paper Straw Poll at the ON PAINTING conference in Manchester at the Whitworth Art Gallery on 31 October 2015.

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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