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Mary Fedden: The Feather, recently gifted to the University
Mary Fedden: The Feather, recently gifted to the University
The Vice-Chancellor and Anna Ford with Mel Gooding and (Chancellor) Lord Tugendhat in the Mary Fedden room
The Vice-Chancellor and Anna Ford with Mel Gooding and (Chancellor) Lord Tugendhat in the Mary Fedden room
Members of the public at the open viewing
Members of the public at the open viewing

Press Release - 28 July 2008

Anna Ford opens University of Bath’s new art collection

Former broadcaster, Anna Ford was present at the Vice-Chancellor’s residence in Lansdown Crescent, Bath, this weekend, to formally open the Mary Fedden Room – a new collection of important works by the renowned artist. Local people were also invited to attend a public viewing and lecture, given by art critic Mel Gooding.

The Mary Fedden Room, a collection of six pieces of art, was formally opened at a private reception by journalist and friend of Mary Fedden, Anna Ford. The reception marks the gift of a recent piece of artwork, The Feather, to the University’s collection of over 250 works.

Anna explains how Mary’s passions and personality inspired her and they became friends:

“I have known Mary since 1972. When I first moved to London I had nowhere to stay, after spending a weekend with her, I ended up staying for six months. We became very good friends.

“She is a remarkable woman. She is the best friend that someone could have and is thoughtful and very sociable.”

Anna said that Mary, who is in her nineties, was sorry not to be able to attend the event. She said: “Mary is very proud that she has been made an honorary graduate of the University of Bath and thrilled that the University now has a Mary Fedden Room. She is astonished by fame and is very humble.

“It is a pleasure for me to be here as I love her pictures,” she added.

Members of the public queued outside the Vice-Chancellor’s house at Lansdown Crescent to sneak a view of the rare collection of paintings at the public viewing:

“It’s great the University could share the paintings with us so we can appreciate their subtlety,” said John Marshall from Weston.

Melissa Page, a local artist and student from Fairfield Park said: “It was a surprisingly beautiful show, my favourite painting is Man & Bird for its simplicity.”

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Glynis Breakwell, commented: "Mary Fedden is one of Britain's greatest living artists.

“The University is privileged to honour her and to have her work displayed in one of our most historic buildings.”

The open afternoon was followed by a public lecture entitled Vision and design: the art of Mary Fedden by acclaimed art critic, writer and curator, Mel Gooding. It also featured an introduction by Professor Breakwell and a film message from Mary Fedden.


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