Listen to recordings of Borough Road Gallery talks, events and oral histories:
1. Drawing and Dance – Borough Road Gallery Commissions (4 mins 29 secs)
A short film by LSBU film graduate Calum Day documenting dance commissions by Marie Andersen and Benjamin Skinner in response to The Elemental Force of Charcoal. Each practitioner responded based on their research interests. Andersen’s interest lies in improvisation and the potentialities found in physical interaction, whilst Skinner is interested in investigating the boundary between performance and art, art and artist. These commissions are part of the Borough Road Gallery small commissions strand for emerging artists, and were performed at the Gallery over the course of one hour in February 2016. More on this event here, or visit our commissions page.
2. Susan Sluglett in conversation with Zoë Mendelson (32.8MB, 1 hour 10 mins)
Recording of talk from Thursday 14 May. Susan Sluglett reflects on her experience as Borough Road Gallery’s Artist in Residence 2014/15 with artist and writer Zoë Mendelson. Discussion topics include: how the residency enabled Sluglett to engage with histories of painting; Sluglett’s construction of new mythologies in her paintings and drawings; the public/private space of the gallery-based studio; and ideas around collection and accumulation. More on this event.
3. Borough Road Gallery Artist Residency 2014/15, a film by Michael Vassou Ourouho (12 mins 34 secs)
A short film by London South Bank University graduate and independent filmmaker, Michael Vassou Ourouho, celebrating the Gallery’s Artist Residency with Susan Sluglett. Ourouho’s film includes new footage and interviews that give a further insight into how Borough Road Gallery Artist in Residence 2014/15, Susan Sluglett, responded to A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection, and shows how the diverse activities of the residency gave new opportunities to engage with and understand these important historical artworks. The film premiered on Tuesday 23 June 2015 as part of the event Borough Road Gallery Third Birthday Film Screenings. For more information about Susan Sluglett’s Artist Residency, please click here.
Michael Vassou Ourouho is an independent filmmaker based in London. He is a 2014 graduate from BA Digital Film and Video at LSBU, and in 2015 was the Borough Road Gallery and Arts & Festival Management LSBU Graduate Intern. He has previously worked for Double O Films/Slick Showreels, Cutting Hedge Productions, Cowboy Films, and assisted with the production of projects for Network Rail and the Dominion Theatre.
4. Readings of New Art Writing by Emily Beber and Daphne de Sonneville (14.5MB, 15 mins, 52 secs)
Recording of readings from Friday 30 January 2015. Emily Beber and Daphne de Sonneville were invited to create new art writing in response to the display of drawings and paintings from A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection, selected by Artist in Residence, Susan Sluglett, in collaboration with Borough Road Gallery, for the Gallery’s first Artist Residency. Beber and de Sonneville became narrators of the Gallery space, evoking figures, gestures, objects and sensations, and constructing rhythms and connections from the way the works were hung. For writer biographies and more information about this event, please click here.
Image: Daphne de Sonneville performing © Lisa Drew
5. Fabian Peake in conversation with Borough Road Gallery Artist in Residence 2014/15, Susan Sluglett (44 mins, 56 secs) For recording summary please click here.
Conversation recorded on 22 January 2015. In this conversation with Susan Sluglett, Artist and writer Fabian Peake (who gave readings of his poetry, and discussed the relationship between poetry and painting, as part of ‘I think of my poems as paintings’ at Borough Road Gallery in February 2015) discusses having lessons and tutorials with Dorothy Mead and Dennis Creffield at Chelsea School of Art in the early 1960s, and reflects on other teaching at the time and his own role as a teacher at Manchester Metropolitan University. Peake has had solo exhibitions in Britain and internationally, and has consistently committed himself to an experimental approach and has influenced a younger generation of artists. Peake was a mentor for the Jerwood Painting Fellowship 2013, through which he met Susan Sluglett.
6. Artist Talk from Borough Road Gallery Artist in Residence 2014/15, Susan Sluglett (25.7MB, 23 mins)
Recording of talk from Friday 28 December 2014. In this talk given at the beginning of her residency, the Gallery’s first Artist in Residence, Susan Sluglett, introduced her artistic practice and discussed her interest in creating new work in response to A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection.
7. Researching Residencies: Artists and the Archive (108MB, 1 hour, 35 mins)
Recording of talk from Thursday 6 November 2014. In anticipation of the Borough Road Gallery Artist Residency 2014/15, this panel discussion delved into the varied and dynamic ways in which artists are responding to archives and collections, using them to inform their own art practice, with Curators Althea Greenan (Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths) and Lizzie Fisher (Independent/Kettle’s Yard), and artist Jason Singh (V&A Sound Art Resident 2012). More on this event.
8. Christine Riley Moger interviewed by Madeleine Brewster for Borough Road Gallery
Sections taken from interview recorded 15 April 2014, this recording was taken as part of the Gallery’s fifth exhibition Researching the Archive: Five Artists from the Borough. Sections of interview below cover recollections of Christine Riley Moger’s older sister Edna Mann, including Mann’s descriptions of David Bomberg, her later painting, and her final solo exhibition at Scribes.
- Click here for recording 1a: Edna Mann’s descriptions of Bomberg and the work she produced whilst at Borough Polytechnic (16 MB, 1 min, 33 secs)
- Click here for recording 1b: Edna Mann’s teaching, travel and use of colour in her later years (28 MB, 2 mins, 44 secs)
- Click here for recording 1c: Edna Mann’s exhibition at Scribes in the early 1980s, following the news that she was terminally ill (16.6 MB, 1 min, 36 secs)
9. Bill Mann interviewed by Madeleine Brewster for Borough Road Gallery
Sections taken from interview recorded 15 April 2014, this recording was taken as part of the Gallery’s fifth exhibition Researching the Archive: Five Artists from the Borough. Sections of interview below cover Bill Mann’s recollections of his older sister Edna Mann, including the family’s impressions of Bomberg, Mann’s commitment to painting over the years and other memories relating to the Borough Group.
- Click here for recording 1a: The family’s impression of Bomberg after Edna Mann decided to leave the Royal College for Borough Polytechnic in 1946 (32.8 MB, 3 mins, 10 secs)
- Click here for recording 1b: Discussion of Edna Mann and Don Baldwin’s move to Forest Hill after they married, Mann’s ‘mud plum’ painting period, description of times when Mann did and didn’t paint and how her painting practice changed over the years, and the period when she began to teach art, beginning at Lucton School (81 MB, 7 mins, 49 secs)
- Click here for recording 1c: Discussion of Edna Mann’s travel to Georgia with her partner Eugene, and an earlier visit to Cliff Holden in Sweden. Edna Mann’s recollections of Bomberg (27 MB, 2 mins, 41 secs)
- Click here for recording 1d: Bill Mann’s lasting impressions of Edna Mann and details of her solo shows (39 MB, 3 mins, 49 secs)
- Click here for recording 1e: Recollections of Edna Mann’s writing (23 MB, 2 mins, 18 secs)
- Click here for recording 1f: Edna Mann’s respect for Bomberg’s sincerity (16 MB, 1 min, 35 secs)
10. Ann Hillary interviewed by Rachel Fleming-Mulford for Borough Road Gallery (14MB, 33 mins, 38 secs)
Interview recorded on 27 March 2014 introduces Ann Hillary, a friend of Dorothy Mead, and covers her recollections of Mead whilst at Goldsmiths (University of London) in the late 1960s, as well as details of what it was like to study there and who else was teaching alongside Mead at that time. This recording was taken as part of the Gallery’s fifth exhibition Researching the Archive: Five Artists from the Borough.
11. ‘An Interview with Bill Giddings, David Bomberg’s student at Borough Polytechnic’
Recording of an interview with Bill Giddings undertaken by Dr Leon Betsworth, CMCR Postdoctoral Research Fellow at London South Bank University. Giddings attended David Bomberg’s Life Drawing Classes at the Borough between 1950 and 1953, and discusses the unconventional lessons, his fellow students, and the influence of the great painter on his life and work.
12. ‘Dorothy Mead and the Problem of Recognition for a Woman Artist’ (91 MB, 1 hr 6 mins)
Recording of talk by Katy Deepwell, Wednesday 19 June 2013. Art critic Katy Deepwell drew on her extensive expertise in the work and position of women artists in early-to-mid twentieth century Britain to discuss Borough Group artist, Dorothy Mead. More on this event.
13. ‘How I Discovered Bomberg’: A Conversation with Richard Cork‘ (93.5 MB, 1 hour 8 mins)
Recording of talk from Thursday 3 October 2013. Award-winning art critic, historian, broadcaster and curator Richard Cork gave a talk in conversation with Professor Andrew Dewdney, the Academic Director of Borough Road Gallery and Professor of Educational Development at London South Bank University.More on this event.
14. ‘”Mr Bomberg” and the Borough: A Different Class’ (45.6 MB, 50 mins)
Recording of talk from Friday 18 October 2013. Leon Betsworth, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Centre for Media and Cultural Research at London South Bank University (LSBU), discussed his current research, which looks into the teaching impact and legacy of David Bomberg. Leon talked about the archival work that he’s been engaged in and the challenges encountered when developing this kind of research. He also offered some insights into ‘Mr Bomberg’ the teacher and the classes Bomberg taught at Borough Polytechnic in the 1940s and 1950s. More on this event.
In addition to the audio resources above, you can also listen to and download an alternative audio-tour of the Borough by John Constable, available here.