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Prof Liz Rideal
Slade School of Fine Art
Gower St
  • Professor of Fine Art
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Foundation Brighton Polytechnic 1972/3 BA Combined Honours in English and Fine Art, Exeter University/Exeter College of Art  1973-76  PGCE Exeter University 1978.

Painting Department at the Slade School of Fine Art since 1992.


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Research Summary
Rideal's theme, Splicing Time: Rome and the Roman Campagna (Leverhulme Fellowship 2016-17) explored the emotional resonance of drapery. Artist in Residence at the UCL Art Museum, her innovative photographic installation made connections with the C18th Grand Tour.

How to Read Painting
: a short survey of Western European Painting, has now sold in excess of 50,000 copies. To mark the publication of the book by Bloomsbury in October 2014, 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), her launch lecture at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, introduced the concepts behind the publication and linked these to their 1869, Raphaelle Peale‪ painting,‬ explaining how his drapery relates to her own art production, she gained an Art Fund 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 she had three solo shows at Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York, in 2000/01/06.

Drapery and portraiture are important research themes. In Philadelphia, Cloth Cascades, was projected by night onto an adjacent gallery wall. Rideal showed MOI NON PLUS, her film revealing the importance of narratives that can suggest meanings locked within dumb textiles at the Erotic Cloth colloquium, University for the Creative Arts, London (20/03/15), her paper Erotic Cloth Echoes in Film is published by Bloomsbury Academic 16/02/2018. 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.

The essay, Golden Years?1905-1950: a non-digital world, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (2012) continued research previously realised in her books - Insights: Self-portraits, (The National Portrait Gallery, 2005) and Mirror/Mirror: Self-portraits by Women Artists (NPG & Watson-Guptill, N Y. 2001). Rideal is co-author with Kathleen Soriano of Madam and Eve, published by Laurence King, 16/04/2018.

Rideal's work was included in History of Photography: Series and Sequences, at The Victoria and Albert Museum, alongside images by Muybridge and Fenton, February-September 2015. Her work was acquired by The Portland Art Museum, Oregon, The Whitworth Art Gallery (2014), New Hall, Cambridge (2016) and the British Academy (2017) it can now be found in over 20 public Collections including, Tate, The Yale Center for British Art, George Eastman Museum, University California Museum at Berkeley, USA and The Museet for Fotokunst, Denmark.

Teaching Summary

At the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL) I have contributed to teaching, supervision, curriculum development and assessment.

My paper, Exposing the self and juggling the uniform, was the keynote lecture at the conference Autoportraits en costumes, at the University of Nantes and the Beaux Arts de Nantes, 23-24/11/18. Straw Poll was a paper delivered at the ON PAINTING conference in Manchester at the Whitworth Art Gallery on 31/11/15. 

My essay for the catalogue Straw Camera, was published in connection with the exhibition, Fishing for the Moon celebrating the work of Michael Farrell, who worked at the Slade from 2003 - 2015. This was part of the Photo Club Salon, showing photographs by staff and students at the Slade School of Fine Art.

My Slade Summer School courses, Collage (2015) and Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal! (2016, 17, 18, 19) focus on making connections between drawing in the studio and drawing in museums and art galleries. I continue to involve myself with UCL public engagement, including 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.

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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