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Foundations: Andrew Logan and Zandra Rhodes

Andrew Logan and Zandra Rhodes stood in front of a wall covered in graffiti.
In conversation | Public lectures

Join artist Andrew Logan and designer Dame Zandra Rhodes for this free, in-conversation event, which coincides with Andrew's solo exhibition  at Bonington Gallery. This event marks the launch of Foundations, a new series of talks delivered in partnership between NTU and Nottingham Contemporary, exploring the relationship between artists, art schools and the wider world. This is a rare opportunity to hear these two iconic figures talk openly and candidly about the early and influential moments in each of their careers.

  • From: Friday 3 December 2021, 7 pm
  • To: Friday 3 December 2021, 8.30 pm
  • Location: Newton Building, Lecture Theatre 2, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Cost: Free
  • Booking deadline: Friday 3 December 2021, 7.00 pm
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Event details

Please note that booking for tickets to attend this event in person have now closed, but walk-ins are welcome. Please note our Covid safety measures below, before arriving on campus.

Watch online – online bookings are still open, or you can just tune into the live event on our YouTube channel.

We're delighted to welcome artist Andrew Logan and designer Dame Zandra Rhodes for the first public in-conversation event of our new Foundations series, delivered in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary.

Self-proclaimed maximalists Andrew and Zandra met in 1972 at Andrew's inaugural Alternative Miss World contest, the alternative beauty pageant that him and his team still run to this day. The two soon became close friends and have since travelled the world together, collaborated with each other, and share many of the friends that were so influential in early 70's and 80's British culture and sub-culture.

Join us for the rare opportunity to hear these two iconic figures of art and design talk openly and candidly about the early and influential moments in each of their careers.

This event coincides with The Joy of Sculpture, a solo exhibition by Andrew Logan at NTU's Bonington Gallery, open until Saturday 11 December 2021. Free entry, Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm, Saturdays 11 am – 3 pm.

Watch in person or online
Reserve your free ticket to watch this event in person at Nottingham Trent University's City Campus, or to tune into the livestream if you can't make it to Nottingham.

Covid safety measures – ensuring the safety and comfort of all
We kindly request that all guests attending in person take a lateral flow test before the event. In line with current government guidance, mask wearing is required throughout this talk (unless exempt).

Foundations – presented in partnership by NTU and Nottingham Contemporary

Foundations explores the formative moments in practitioners' careers. It's about the relationship between artists, art schools and the wider world.

A new collaboration between Nottingham Contemporary and Nottingham Trent University, this series hosts conversations between acclaimed artists, designers, musicians, filmmakers and architects. Intended to both inform and inspire, Foundations will pose questions such as: Can art be taught? What next for cultural education? What do we mean by experimentation? What and how can we learn from artists? And vice-versa?

Building on the art-school tradition of open-ended dialogue and experimentation, these free events are open to practitioners, students and the public. We plan for all events to take place in person, and to be livestreamed and live captioned; audience contributions will play a central role.


Sculptor, painter and jewellery artist Andrew Logan is one of Britain’s most iconic artists, known for challenging convention, mixing media and playing with our artistic values. Andrew founded the Alternative Miss World contest in 1972, that soon became a meeting place for the leading cultural provocateurs of that time and subsequent years. Judges over the years included David Hockney, Ruby Wax, Leigh Bowery, Grayson Perry, and Zandra Rhodes.

Andrew has always maintained a prolific and dedicated artistic practice, reflecting his unrelenting, and infectious, passion, joy and energy. His established aesthetic utilises the transformation of smashed glass and found objects into flamboyant, colourful and glittering objects, of all shapes and sizes. Andrew has exhibited his work the world over, with several pieces now residing in major collections including the National Portrait Gallery and the Arts Council Collection.

Dame Zandra Rhodes has been a notorious figurehead of the UK fashion industry for five decades, celebrating her 50th year in fashion in September 2019 with a retrospective exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum – founded by Zandra – entitled Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous and a retrospective book published by Yale. Her notoriety as a print designer combined with an affinity for fine fabrics and colour has resulted in a signature aesthetic that is undeniably unique and continues to stand the test of time. A pioneer of the British and international fashion scene since the late 60’s, Zandra’s career has seen her collaborate with brands such as Valentino, Topshop and Mac Cosmetics. Continuing to collaborate with brands that inspire her, 2021 will see the launch of Zandra Rhodes x IKEA amongst many other exciting partnerships and projects

Image credit: Andrew Logan and Zandra Rhodes at Penny Stamp Lectures, photo by Chrisstina Hamilton

Bonington Gallery is part of Curated & Created — NTU's extra-curricular arts programme.

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Nottingham Trent University
City Campus

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