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Mary Fedden: The Feather, recently gifted to the University
Mary Fedden: The Feather, recently gifted to the University
Mary Fedden: Black Cat Café
Mary Fedden: Black Cat Café
Mary Fedden presents Pat Mason (former Head of Arts) with the painting of Black Cat Café at her London studio in 1997
Mary Fedden presents Pat Mason (former Head of Arts) with the painting of Black Cat Café at her London studio in 1997

Press Release - 08 July 2008

Public invited to view rare art collection by Mary Fedden OBE

Local people are invited to a public viewing organised by the University of Bath at the Vice-Chancellor’s residence in Lansdown Crescent, Bath, to view important works by renowned artist Mary Fedden (24 July 2008, 2-4pm). The exhibition will be followed by a public talk at the University by art critic Mel Gooding (3 West North 2.1, 5-6pm).

The Mary Fedden Room is to be located in the Vice-Chancellor’s residence in Lansdown Crescent and will be formally opened at a private reception by broadcaster and friend of Mary Fedden, Anna Ford.

The formal opening follows the public viewing and marks the recent gift of artwork, The Feather (pictured right), to the University’s art collection of over 250 works. The room will house six Mary Fedden pieces in total.

Mary Fedden is among Britain's finest and best loved contemporary artists. Her works have been displayed in the Tate Gallery, in the Contemporary Arts Society and as part of the Queen's collection.

Her style is distinctive, combining flattened forms and spaces with rounded shapes, bold colours and patterns.

She enjoys contrasting disparate, quirky objects and is best known for compositions employing still life in the foreground with a view beyond.

Born in Bristol and now in her nineties, Mary Fedden remains a prolific and popular painter with a long association with the Royal West of England Arts Academy. She is also a member of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Mary Fedden received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath in 1996 in recognition of her considerable contribution to British art.

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

Admission to the public viewing and lecture are free and all are welcome, but reservations are required. Contact the ICIA box office on 01225 386777, details above.

Free parking is available in the West car park. The public lecture will take place at 5pm in lecture theatre 3 West North 2.1 on the Claverton campus, University of Bath.


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