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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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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. 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, with catalogue contributions from Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Professor John Onians and Professor Paul Hills (Courtauld). 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.


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

Palazzo Spada (cat), British Academy, London, 2017

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 will be published by Bloomsbury in 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. Drapery as a research strand informs her new work Rome and the Campagna: Splicing Time; part of her Leverhulme Fellowship 2016-17.

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, to be published by Laurence King, 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, 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, and in 2016, I focused 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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