Damon Albarn visits In The Making exhibition

Musician Damon Albarn visited Nottingham Trent University last night to be part of the opening of the Since 1843: In the Making exhibition.

Musician Damon Albarn visited Nottingham Trent University last night to be part of the opening of the Since 1843: In the Making exhibition.

The exhibition celebrates 170 years of the School of Art & Design in Nottingham. It features more than 100 pieces of work by alumni from the school, including Keith and Hazel Albarn – Damon's parents. They met at Nottingham Trent University while studying and both graduated in 1961, Keith in Architecture and Intermediate Art and Hazel in Intermediate Art.

Damon toured the exhibition to view his parents' work on display in the Bonington Gallery.

Several artists including Jon Burgerman produced new artworks for the exhibition. Others, such as Simon Starling and Paul Kaye, who was also at last night's opening, will be taking part in talks and discussions offering insights into their work during the month-long show.

Artwork can be seen in several buildings on the University’s City site, including the Bonington Gallery, and include canvasses by one of the school's earliest local students, Dame Laura Knight, who gained a place in 1890 at just 13, despite a childhood of poverty in nearby Long Eaton. After studying painting she went on to become the first woman to be elected to the Royal Academy.

The School of Art & Design started life as the Nottingham Government School of Design in 1843 and was one of several institutions set up by the Government to improve the design skills of industrial workers. The Nottingham School was soon attracting hundreds of local female lace workers.

Since 1843: In the Making runs until 7 February 2014.

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Damon Albarn visits In The Making exhibition

Published on 9 January 2014
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