UCL Art Museum

UCL Art Museum More than 10,000 prints, drawings, sculptures, paintings, and media works dating from the 1490s to the present day. Open Monday to Friday, 1-5 pm
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UCL Art Museum has its origins as a teaching and research collection tied to the history of the UCL Slade School of Fine Art. The collections therefore present a unique archive of art education. As the Slade was the first school to admit women into the life room, a large number of works by women artists entered into this public collection, through the Slade prize system, as early as the 1890s. The museum holds examples of early works by pioneering artists such as Gwen John, Dora Carrington, Winifred Knights, Ithel Colquhoun, Diana Cumming, Paula Rego, and Anna Maria Pacheco. International in scope, many art works relate to the history of teaching art in Britain and show stages in the creative process. Outstanding examples include: Van Dyck’s portraits of people of influence in his Iconographia, Turner’s annotated landscape prints, torn up sketches by Augustus John saved by his peers, artists’ anatomy albums, as well as drawings by artists such as John Flaxman, Henry Tonks and William Coldstream used for instruction. The experimental spirit is also present in the collection via examples of early printmaking techniques as used by Dürer, studio model books employed in Renaissance artists’ workshops, Neo-classical plaster modelling and pointing machines, the study of the human figure in the life room, Japanese colour woodblocks, screenprinting popular in the 1960s, early computer art of the 1970s and contemporary digital media. As a university art museum, interdisciplinary teaching and research are key, with the research process opened up through exhibitions and public programming curated by UCL academics. Recent collaborative exhibitions have focused on mapping the presence of black artists and models in Bloomsbury during the interwar period, the relation between word and image inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s Apocalypse series, explorations of London’s urban landscapes over time, and fame and celebrity interrogated through representations of Jean Jacques Rousseau. The museum is situated in a traditional Print Room at the heart of UCL, its collections publicly accessible through temporary exhibitions and displays across the university campus. Under UCL’s dome in the library is The Flaxman Gallery, the pinnacle of a vast collection of art works by Flaxman, showcasing the artist’s plaster models in a unique architectural setting.

16/03/2020

Due to the evolving coronavirus outbreak and related concerns the UCL Art Museum is currently closed and our events and research visits will be cancelled until the end of April 2020. We hope to be open again soon and our decision will be guided by the Government’s public health advice.

Now open! ‘Witnessing Terror: French Revolutionary Prints, 1792-94’ in the UCL Art Museum. Explore a period of the Frenc...
14/01/2020

Now open! ‘Witnessing Terror: French Revolutionary Prints, 1792-94’ in the UCL Art Museum.

Explore a period of the French Revolution known as ‘the Terror’, characterised by a political culture of violence when public executions were rife.

Entry is free, open 1pm - 5pm on Tues - Fri
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Come along to UCL Art Museum to see our exhibition on Ed Allington, a #celebration of his life and work! On display unti...
18/11/2019

Come along to UCL Art Museum to see our exhibition on Ed Allington, a #celebration of his life and work! On display until 13 December
#Museum30

The #weather is getting much colder as of late, even #snowing in some parts of the UK today! It reminds us of this drear...
14/11/2019

The #weather is getting much colder as of late, even #snowing in some parts of the UK today! It reminds us of this dreary woodblock print from our collection!
Night Snow, by Hiroaki Takahashi, c 1920.
#Museum30

One month left to see our free exhibition on the life and work of Edward Allington (1951-2017), Professor and Head of Gr...
11/11/2019

One month left to see our free exhibition on the life and work of Edward Allington (1951-2017), Professor and Head of Graduate Sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art.

'Edward Allington: in Pursuit of Sculpture' is on until 13 December, not one to miss!
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What are monuments? What do they represent and who do they serve? Artist and lecturer Kenny Hunter addresses the past an...
10/11/2019

What are monuments? What do they represent and who do they serve?

Artist and lecturer Kenny Hunter addresses the past and present use of memorials in his free talk 'Plinth Trial: Memory, Context and the Monument' on Weds 20th November. Booking essential! http://ow.ly/q7g750x6zha

Sculptures, ledgers, motorbike parts and plastic snails are just some of the objects you can see on display as part of o...
11/10/2019

Sculptures, ledgers, motorbike parts and plastic snails are just some of the objects you can see on display as part of our exhibition 'Edward Allington: In Pursuit of Sculpture- Part II' http://ow.ly/tQVl50wIwHp
Free to visit every Tuesday- Friday from 1- 5pm!

Find out more about artists that have responded to the lure of moonlight and its power in UCL's free family interactive ...
21/09/2019

Find out more about artists that have responded to the lure of moonlight and its power in UCL's free family interactive museum trail. Part of UCL's #ItsAllAcademic Festival and Bloomsbury Festival 2019. www.ucl.ac.uk/campaign/festival

#OnThisDay in 79 AD, according to the eyewitness account of Pliny the Younger, Mount #Vesuvius erupted, burying the citi...
24/08/2019

#OnThisDay in 79 AD, according to the eyewitness account of Pliny the Younger, Mount #Vesuvius erupted, burying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash. It was one of the largest volcanic explosions in recorded history. Recent archaeological evidence, however, has suggested that the event happened in fact in October.
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Image: Views of Volcano (1825), Anonymous. This pen and ink wash illustration is one of the thousands of prints and drawings in our collection, viewable on appointment Tues-Fri mornings. For more information on booking a one-on-one meeting with our artworks, get in touch!
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#landscapeart #volcano #penandink #artcollections #artmuseum #landscapes #sketches

Now on view at the UCL Art Museum is the Euridike bronze sculpture by Edward Allington. It forms part of the Edward Alli...
26/04/2019

Now on view at the UCL Art Museum is the Euridike bronze sculpture by Edward Allington. It forms part of the Edward Allington: In pursuit of sculpture exhibition which continues until 7th June 2019. For further information, see the UCL Museums and Collections Blog: https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/museums/category/uclart/

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15/03/2019

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Today's #ObjectOfTheWeek is a self-portrait (LDUCS-3008) by the artist, art dealer, collector, writer and double-spy Tom...
22/02/2019

Today's #ObjectOfTheWeek is a self-portrait (LDUCS-3008) by the artist, art dealer, collector, writer and double-spy Tomás Harris (1908-1964). Read more about the fascinating history of Tomás Harris at https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/museums/

Things are never boar-ing 🐗 at the UCL Art Museum, especially when it's #ChineseNewYear 2019 - Year of the PIG! 🐷 This p...
05/02/2019

Things are never boar-ing 🐗 at the UCL Art Museum, especially when it's #ChineseNewYear 2019 - Year of the PIG! 🐷 This pen and ink drawing (3196) called Four Masks, a Man with a Boar, Two Lion Heads is by English Neoclassical Sculptor John Flaxman. You can also see more of his work at the #FlaxmanGallery

18/01/2019
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We're experiencing some technical problems with the UCL Culture website. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes and thanks for bearing with us while we get it fixed.
Next week the museum will be open Tue - Fri, 13:00–17:00 and our events programme is online here: https://bit.ly/2Cvx0JS

As part of the UCL Art Museum residency Zeinab Saleh was commissioned to put on an event and chose to host a dinner with...
06/11/2018
Zeinab Saleh

As part of the UCL Art Museum residency Zeinab Saleh was commissioned to put on an event and chose to host a dinner with selected artists, curators and facilitators. To document the event she’s created a zine titled, A banquet as a site of celebration and intergenerational exchange. The zine is a limited edition zine of 100, you can get a copy of the zine and see the REDRESS exhibition at UCL Art Museum until 14th December.


https://zeinabsaleh.com

  Trevi Fountain, 2018, digital collage Trevi Fountain, 2018, Inkjet print on fabric, 130cm x 80cm Widening The Gaze, Slade Research Centre, London 2018

11/10/2018

Looking forward to exploring the Tacit and the Tangible with Naomi Siderfin and Sophie Bouvier Ausländer:
Dwelling in Things: Reflection
18 October 2018, 13:00-14:00

11/10/2018

Slade artists Sophie Bouvier Auslander, Katherine Forster, Seungwon Jung, Zeinab Saleh and Naomi Siderfin consider drapery in its broadest terms, including cloth, clothing, fabrics and fashion, to redress the contemporary relevance of this long-standing art school tradition.

The exhibition is the outcome of an artists in residence programme, and celebrates the 10th anniversary of UCL Art Museum’s annual collaboration with the Slade School of Fine Art.

Artist events

Join us for artist performances and workshops. Learn embroidery skills, follow in the footsteps of Slade women past and present, and explore how women’s work can subvert social inequalities.

Dwelling in Things: Reflection by Naomi Siderfin and Sophie Bouvier Ausländer. 18 October 2018, 13:00-14:00

Radical Embroidery by Katie Forster. 23 October 2018, 18:30-20:30

Dwelling in Things: Planning by Naomi Siderfin. 13 November 2018. 18:30-20:00

Radical Embroidery by Katie Forster. 14 November 2018, 13:00-16:00

Prize&Prejudice opens today at 1pm at UCL Art Museum.Prize & Prejudice is an exhibition and series of programmes dedicat...
09/01/2018

Prize&Prejudice opens today at 1pm at UCL Art Museum.

Prize & Prejudice is an exhibition and series of programmes dedicated to artistic ambition, struggles and successes of artists emerging from the Slade School of Fine Art during its foundation years. It explores the experience of prize-winning artists, mostly women, now largely forgotten due to prejudice and circumstance.

16/10/2017

Eloise Lawson performs Ruins in a Landscape as part of The composition has been reversed, our last Slade collaboration exhibition tomorrow at 1pm.

Join us at the art museum for a durational performance based on a museum's accession register. What we select and value as part of a museum collection to be preserved for generations gives us insight into what makes us human.

12/06/2017
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Monstrous Taxonomies: An Immersive Experience in Biomimicry
Friday 16 June, UCL Art Museum
Discussion: 1-2 p.m.
Display: 1-5p.m.
Explore examples of biomimicry, zoological and artistic in this immersive display of specimens and art throughout the day. Between 1.30 and 2.30pm join Melanie Jackson and Professor of Evolutionary Genetics Mark Thomas to discuss examples of biomimicry and cellular engineering from different disciplinary perspectives with artist.

Booking: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking/?ev=16172

Booking pages for the UCL Event Ticketing system.

12/06/2017
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Transformative Technology Starts in the Kitchen
Thursday June 15, 6:30-8:30
Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, WC1
We use transformative technologies every day in our humble kitchens: heating, cooling, beating and slicing ingredients into appealing or disastrous meals. Join us around a unique mobile kitchen created by artist Gary Woodley to experience ways in which artists and researchers use these humble processes to various effects. Over the course of the evening, the mobile kitchen will be used to experiment with foam, as applied to the humble egg white or the fizzy drink, and they ways in which it can transform your experience of the food you ingest.

Booking: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking/?ev=16171

Booking pages for the UCL Event Ticketing system.

12/06/2017
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An extension of the Eye: the Impact of Surveillance Technologies
Tuesday June 13, UCL Art Museum
Screening of Close Protection, 1-5 p.m.
Discussion: 6:30 p.m.

Technologies aimed at surveillance and protection such as drones, CCTV and military cameras have become used across discsiplnes for art, television and recreation. Their aesthetic has become familiar to us and, up to a point, they are an extension of our field of vision and influence the ways in which we move and behave.

Join artist Graham Gussin for a chance to view his work Close Protection, a three-screen video work resulting from a collaboration between himself, contemporary dancers and the British Military, to discuss interdisciplinary uses of surveillance technology, their ethical and aesthetic implications. A discussion of interdisciplinary uses of surveillance technology, their ethical and aesthetic implications will follow in the evening.

Booking: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking/?ev=16170

Booking pages for the UCL Event Ticketing system.

09/03/2017
Legacy in Conversation: Scrapbooks, Albums and Diaries in the 18th century | UCL Researchers in Museums

Join us on the 14th of March at 1pm for a talk by historian of science Hannah Wills, who is also a Student Engager at UCL. She will talk about her research on albums and diaries of the 18th century in the context of the Legacy exhibition at UCL Art Museum. Here is a little preview of what Hannah will discuss: https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/researchers-in-museums/2017/03/07/legacy-in-conversation-scrapbooks-albums-and-diaries-in-the-18th-century/

Hannah’s lunch hour talk, ‘Legacy in Conversation: Scrapbooks, Albums and Diaries in the 18th century’, will take place on Tuesday 14 March, 1-2pm, in the UCL Art Museum

Come celebrate International Women's day at UCL! Artist Kristina Clackson-Bonnington will lead a free drop-in workshop o...
08/03/2017
Exploring Gender Equality Through Sculpture

Come celebrate International Women's day at UCL! Artist Kristina Clackson-Bonnington will lead a free drop-in workshop on Exploring Gender Equality Through Sculpture out in the Quad from 12 till 6pm. For more information: http://www.houseofdoors.org/latest-3/2017/3/8/exploring-gender-equality-through-sculpture

Almost one hundred years after women won the vote how close are we to achieving full gender equality?This hands-on making event is for everyone, no prior making skills required, our creative team is here to help! Come and contribute to a collaborative artwork exploring how far women have co

03/03/2017

Can't wait for the week to end? Join us at UCL Art Museum every Friday 1pm to 2pm for Mindfulness and Art lunch hour sessions. They're different every week and will help you get that #FridayFeeling

21/02/2017
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Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at the Slade School of Fine Art? Join us on the 1st of March at UCL Art Museum for a talk by Lesley Sharpe (Teaching Fellow in Print), James Keith (Printmaking Technician) and Melanie Counsell (Media Fine Art Tutor and UG coordinator) who will showcase prints produced by Slade students during a workshop inspired by the soft ground etching technique and anastatic printing methods, run by Lesley Sharpe .

This will incorporate a tour of the Slade Print Workshop and include a participatory demonstration of the soft ground etching technique.

Free, please book: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking?ev=16132

Booking pages for the UCL Event Ticketing system.

16/01/2017

Join us for a talk by Legacy curator and art dealer Tom Edwards tomorrow at 1p.m. You will have a chance to learn more about Richard Cooper Jnr and to view the Legacy: Richard Cooper Jnr and the Artist's Album exhibition.

Fancy a break from end of term/run-up to Christmas madness? Join UCL Art Museum Film Club at 6:30 on the 29th of Novembe...
24/11/2016
UCL Art Museum Film Club: Paprika

Fancy a break from end of term/run-up to Christmas madness? Join UCL Art Museum Film Club at 6:30 on the 29th of November for a screening of Japanese animation Paprika introduced by Vault artist Kara Chin.

Book here: https://film-club-paprika.eventbrite.co.uk

Artist in residence Kara Chin introduces a screening of Paprika, an iconic Japanese animé exploring the boundaries between dreams and reality. The film by director Satoshi Kon was selcted by the artist for its influence on her work. Popcorn and a refreshment are provided.We welcome a small donation....

15/11/2016

Join us at UCL Art Museum at 1pm today for a performance of Naomi Fitzsimmons Blast/Bless.

15/11/2016

Join us at UCL Art Museum today at 1pm for a performance of Naomi Fitzsimmons' Blast/Bless.

Join Dr. Martin Lang (The University of Lincoln) tomorrow to discuss what militancy means with regards to society and ar...
10/11/2016
Vault in Discussion: Dr Martin Lang on Militancy

Join Dr. Martin Lang (The University of Lincoln) tomorrow to discuss what militancy means with regards to society and art. His talk will be followed by a Q&A chaired by David Blackmore, artist in residency at the UCL Art Museum, and Slade graduate, whose own research focuses on Countess Makievicz: militant revolutionary, suffragette and Slade alumni.

Free, limited places. Booking required
https://martin-lang-militancy.eventbrite.co.uk

Join Dr. Martin Lang (University for the Creative Arts and The University of Kent) to discuss what militancy means with regards to society and art. His talk will be followed by a Q&A chaired by David Blackmore, artist in residency at the UCL Art Museum, and Slade graduate, whose own research focuses...

03/11/2016

Fold and Rise are at UCL Art Museum at 7pm today leading a Kneading and Reading workshop with David Blackmore from the Slade School of Art.

1st Blast / Bless performance by Naomi Fitzsimmons at UCL Art Museum today at 6:30. Join us! Book: https://blast-bless-o...
13/10/2016
Blast/Bless Performance

1st Blast / Bless performance by Naomi Fitzsimmons at UCL Art Museum today at 6:30. Join us!

Book: https://blast-bless-october.eventbrite.co.uk

Vault artist in residence Naomi Fitzsimmons revisits BLAST, a literary magazine produced to promote Vorticism, a modernist art movement headed by Wyndham Lewis. Blast / Bless expands the archive’s boundaries and meanings by engaging with them in the present with the theatricality of the live format....

Join artist Kara Chin and Dr Martin Austwick for a very special screening of Japanese animé Magnetic Rose and a related ...
03/10/2016
UCL Art Museum Film Club: Magnetic Rose

Join artist Kara Chin and Dr Martin Austwick for a very special screening of Japanese animé Magnetic Rose and a related episode of Twilight Zone. The screening includes a late viewing of the Vault exhibition, popcorn and a refreshment.

We welcome a small donation. Please book: https://ucl-art-museum-film-magnetic-rose.eventbrite.co.uk

Artist in residence Kara Chin and Dr Martin Austwick from the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis introduce a screening of Magnetic Rose and a discussion of themes underlying art, films and other cultural productions. The Japanese animé follows four space travelers who are drawn into an ab...

26/09/2016

Vault: 7th Annual UCL Art Museum/Slade collaboration opens today. Pop by UCL Art Museum between 1 and 5pm to see the work of David Blackmore, Kara Chin and Naomi Fitzsimmons as well as hidden treasures from the vault!

Artist in residence Kara Chin and Dr Martin Austwick from the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis introduce a ...
22/09/2016
UCL Art Museum Film Club: Magnetic Rose

Artist in residence Kara Chin and Dr Martin Austwick from the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis introduce a screening of Magnetic Rose and a discussion of themes underlying art, films and other cultural productions. The Japanese animé follows four space travelers who are drawn into an abandoned spaceship that contains a world created by one woman's memories.

Popcorn and a refreshment are provided.

We welcome a small donation.

Places are limited. Booking is required.https://ucl-art-museum-film-magnetic-rose.eventbrite.co.uk

Artist in residence Kara Chin and Dr Martin Austwick from the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis introduce a screening of Magnetic Rose and a discussion of themes underlying art, films and other cultural productions. The Japanese animé follows four space travelers who are drawn into an ab...

It's finally here! The Public Curating Takeover at UCL Art Museum is taking place TODAY from 1 to 5pm. Become a curator ...
05/08/2016
Public Curating Takeover

It's finally here! The Public Curating Takeover at UCL Art Museum is taking place TODAY from 1 to 5pm. Become a curator for the day and contribute to a public exhibition of highlights from our fantastic collection of art works by Rembrandt, Turner, Paula Rego and other famous artists.

Drop-in or book: …https://public-curating-takeover.eventbrite.co.uk

Have you ever wondered how curators work with museum collections to create exhibitions? Have you ever thought you might do a better job? If so, join us for a chance to curate your own public exhibition at UCL Art Museum. Over the course of an afternoon, you will see some of our collection of excepti...

Public Curating Takeover *RESCHEDULED*Date: 5 August | Time: 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, | Price: Free | Age gro...
13/07/2016
Public Curating Takeover

Public Curating Takeover *RESCHEDULED*

Date: 5 August | Time: 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, | Price: Free | Age group: All

Have you ever wondered how curators work with museum collections to create exhibitions? Have you ever thought you might do a better job? If so, join us for a chance to curate your own public exhibition at UCL Art Museum. Over the course of an afternoon, you will see some of our exceptional works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Turner among others. Working with the staff at UCL Art Museum to think about what makes an exhibition, you will decide which works are on display and discuss the ins and outs of curatorial practice.

LImited places available, please book: http://public-curating-takeover.eventbrite.co.uk

02076792540 | [email protected]

Have you ever wondered how curators work with museum collections to create exhibitions? Have you ever thought you might do a better job? If so, join us for a chance to curate your own public exhibition at UCL Art Museum. Over the course of an afternoon, you will see some of our collection of excepti...

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