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The Basic Design Collection

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History and Context

Colour exercise, Wilson. E., 1964

The Basic Design Collection shows an approach to tertiary art education which attempted to purge students of what was believed to be 'false' culture of romantic imagery which had been projected onto them by secondary examination requirements, so that they could effectively be introduced to elementary notions of the European avant-garde, immersing them in a genuine culture of serious, experimental artistic endeavour. It includes the collections of : Richard Hamilton; Tom Hudson; Victor Pasmore and Harry Thubron.

Examples of students' work, slides and photographs representing the Basic Design courses at King's College, Newcastle, Leeds, Leicester, Lancaster and Cardiff Colleges of Art, plus teaching programmes in Canada and in the USA. The Basic Design Collection is part of the National Arts Education Archive (Trust), which is based at Bretton Hall and was established in 1985 to preserve documentary trace developments in art, craft and design education from the last century to the present. This was achieved by collecting letters and works of students and key educators as well as those of artists. This collection is just one of over 70 which are held by the NAEA, and it was digitised alongside the Halliwell Collection as part of the JISC Image Digitisation Initiative (JIDI).

Perception and illusion, basic design work, Creator Unknown, 1964
Address: Leonard Bartle
Custodian of the Collections
National Arts Education Archive (Trust)
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Bretton
Tel: +44 (0)1924 830690
Copyright: A E Halliwell Estate Non-commercial

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