Three Floors Down: In the Studio

Project extended until 14 March 2015

Original project dates: 3 December 2014 – 28 February 2015

To give an extra chance to see the project, Three Floors Down: In the Studio has been extended for two weeks until 14 March. Whilst Sluglett won’t be working in the studio, the traces of her residency will remain, alongside documentation and the accompanying display of works from A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection.

For Three Floors Down: In the Studio, Borough Road Gallery is divided in two: with one half becoming a studio space for the Gallery’s first Artist in Residence, Susan Sluglett, and the other dedicated to a display of works from A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection selected by Sluglett and the Gallery. Sluglett is based in the Gallery for three months, making new work inspired by A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection.

In the 1940s and 50s (when the University was known as Borough Polytechnic), the celebrated artist and teacher, David Bomberg, taught his legendary art classes in the life-drawing studios three floors above where Borough Road Gallery is now situated. Bomberg was passionate about the importance of art within society and about supporting artists in their careers. The aim for the residency is to continue Bomberg’s legacy by inspiring new work and supporting the development of an artist and their practice, whilst at the same time offering the opportunity to engage with, understand, and enjoy A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection in new, unexpected and creative ways. Three Floors Down continues the use of Sarah Rose’s gift as a significant resource, which not only ensures that important artworks are accessible, but also provides a vibrant starting point for a range of new work, responses and research.

Susan Sluglett was recognised in 2013 by being awarded the Jerwood Painting Fellowship, with a related exhibition at Jerwood Visual Arts, and has also shown at Southampton City Art Gallery as part of From David Bomberg to Paula Rego (2014) and Lion and Lamb Gallery (2014). Sluglett is the Deputy Vice-President of The London Group, of which David Bomberg was a founding member; Dennis Creffield, Cliff Holden, Dorothy Mead, Miles Richmond, were members; and Mead was the first female President. For more information about Sluglett please visit the Gallery News page.

During exhibitions, the gallery is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1pm to 5pm and on Saturdays from 12pm to 5pm. Entry is free.

Image: Susan Sluglett, Borough Road Gallery Artist in Residence 2014/15, photographed in the Gallery. © Damian Walker 2014