Three Floors Down: In the Studio

3 December 2014 – 28 February 2015 (extended until 14 March 2015)

For Three Floors Down: In the Studio, Borough Road Gallery was 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 was 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.

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

Susan Sluglett graduated as a mature student from Wimbledon College of Art in 2008 with a BA in Fine Art: Painting (First Class Hons). She was recognised in 2013 by being awarded the Jerwood Painting Fellowship, with a related exhibition at Jerwood Visual Arts (2013) that toured to BayArt in Cardiff, the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, and the NUA Gallery in Norwich (2014). Other recent group shows have included  Anthology 2014 at Charlie Smith London Gallery, A Union of Voices, curated by Tim Ellis and Tom Kitchin at Horatio Jr (2014), From David Bomberg to Paula Rego at Southampton City Art Gallery (2014), Little Patch of Yellow Wall, at Lion and Lamb Gallery (2014), and Disturbance, curated by Wendy Saunders and Paula MacArthur at Atom Gallery (2015). Her summer 2015 solo show at Blyth Gallery, Five Floors Up: Loose Pieces Drop Off (3 June – 10 July, preview 2 June), is a continuation of themes and ideas that have come out of her experiences as Artist in Residence at Borough Road Gallery. Sluglett is the winner of the New Greenham Open Exhibition 2014 and will have a solo show at New Greenham Arts in 2016.

Image L-R: Accompanying display of works from ‘A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection’ © Lisa Drew 2015; Susan Sluglett in her Residency studio at Borough Road Gallery © Lisa Drew 2015; View inside the Residency studio of Susan Sluglett, Borough Road Gallery Artist in Residence 2014/15 © Lisa Drew 2015