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Nottingham Trent University hosts in-conversation event with artist Andrew Logan and designer Dame Zandra Rhodes

World-renowned fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes and sculptor, jeweller and performance artist Andrew Logan will be participating in an in-conversation event taking place at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) next month.

Andrew Logan and Zandra Rhodes at Penny Stamp lectures
Andrew Logan and Zandra Rhodes. Credit: Chrisstina Hamilton
Andrew Logan and Zandra Rhodes at Penny Stamp Lectures

The event is part of the Foundation Series, a collaboration between Nottingham Contemporary and NTU, exploring the formative moments in practitioners’ careers.

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 70s and 80s British culture and sub-culture.

Andrew and Zandra will be talking openly and candidly about the early and influential moments in each of their careers at this free event, which takes place on Friday 3 December at NTU’s City Campus, and will also be available to watch live online.

The event coincides with a solo exhibition currently taking place at NTU’s Bonington Gallery by Andrew Logan, open until Saturday 11 December.

The Joy of Sculpture provides a survey of Logan’s artistic output, featuring large scale sculptures, mirrored portraits, jewellery, and archive displays from his infamous Alternative Miss World competitions – the first time he has displayed works from all areas across his career.

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    About Andrew Logan

    Andrew Logan was born in 1945, and his artistic inclination was evident from an early age when he was taken to the Ashmolean Museum’s Egyptian Collection at the age of nine, which left a lasting impression.
    In 1963 he attended the Oxford School of Architecture for seven years, taking a year off in 1967 for a trip to North America, where he experienced the hippie revolution and ‘flower power’, another formative experience for Logan. After graduating in 1970, Logan exhibited at the ICA, London in 1970 and received his first commission the following year – a 9-foot silver lily for Theo Porter’s shop in Soho where he subsequently held his first one-man show.
    In 1972 he ran his first Alternative Miss World contest. An intimate affair held at his Hackney studio. As seen in the 2011 film ‘The British Art to Showing Off’, the contest is based on the Crufts Dog Show. Over the subsequent years, Logan has run another 10 contests, including the 2018 at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London. A ‘golden event’ is currently being planned for 2022.
    In addition to sculpture and performance, Logan has worked across the fields of stage design, drama, opera, parades, fashion and interior design. He is also a prolific jewellery maker, often utilising what he has to hand, up-cycling before it was commonly used term.
    As an artist Logan has shown his work all over the world, from Los Angeles to St Petersburg, and his work can be found in the public collections of Arts Council of England; Jaya He –GVK New Museum, Mumbai, India; Metropolitan Museum, New York; MOMA, Moscow; National Portrait Gallery, London; National Gallery of Art, Sydney, Australia; Royal Opera House, London; Yale Centre for British Art, USA; Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

    In 1991, together with his partner Michael Davis, the Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture was opened in two former squash courts in the Welsh village of Berriew, a place Logan has visited since the 1960’s when the area was popular with fellow radicals including Julie Christie, Mike Oldfield, Eric Clapton, Ronnie Lane and Robert Plant. The museum brings together Logan’s prolific practice under a single roof and allows visitors of all ages to step inside his world.

    Brian Eno regarding Logan’s artistic practice in 1998: “Andrew Logan is a very special kind of artist, a sort of one-of-a-kind kind of artist.  Everybody seems to like his work, and it isn’t hard to see why… it’s gorgeous, desirable, funny, and makes you feel happy.  Nobody seems to have any difficulty with it, except to wonder guiltily if Art should really be this much fun.”

    About Dame Zandra Rhodes

    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

    About Bonington Gallery
    Bonington Gallery was established in 1969 as part of the modernist purpose-built School of Art & Design Bonington Building at Nottingham Trent University.

    Situated at the heart of the art-school, the Gallery is surrounded by a wide range of creative disciplines, with strong connections across several academic departments. Whilst the core association of the Gallery is one of contemporary visual art, the resident context drives an artistic programme that unifies a range of artistic, cultural and research practices. This has enabled the gallery to form a unique identity within the regional cultural landscape, whilst establishing a broader critical context associated with reflecting and exploring artistic production and its relationship to wider societal discourse. The Gallery programmes four exhibitions per year, accompanied by a prolific public events schedule of talks, screenings and seminars.

    The gallery has organised and housed several important exhibitions over the years including Mirage Enigmas of Race, Difference and Desire, 1996 (including Sonia Boyce, Glenn Ligon and Steve McQueen) and BT New Contemporaries, 1992 (including Tacita Dean and Permindar Kaur). Recently we have developed solo exhibitions with Giorgio Sadotti, Sara MacKillop, Dick Jewell, Ruth Angel Edwards and group projects with The Community, Paris, The Serving Library and Nottingham Black Archive.

    Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, School of Art & Design, Bonington building, Dryden Street, Nottingham NG1 4GG

    Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 10 am – 5 pm; Sat, 11 am – 3 pm

Nottingham Trent University hosts in-conversation event with artist Andrew Logan and designer Dame Zandra Rhodes

Published on 8 November 2021
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