Celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Morley Gallery and its outstanding contribution to the creative achievements and ambitions of students, artists and teachers, our community and to the creative industries in London.
The exhibition displays the work of some of the distinguished artists who have been associated with the College.
Curated by the artist Adrian Bartlett, who was responsible for the printmaking department at Morley College 1962-1999 and director of the Gallery 1980-1989, this exhibition brings together 24 artists who have all been part of Morley College's vibrant and active promotion of the visual arts.
The exhibition includes painting by artists Robert Medley and Maggi Hambling, printmaking by Frank Connelly, ceramics by Jill Crowley and sculpture by Sheila Vollmer in addition to drawing, watercolour and textile pieces from artists who have all made a significant contribution to the College.
Inspired by a vision of raising the importance of the visual arts in adult education, Dr. Barry Till, Principal of Morley College 1965-86 included the creation of a gallery within the building of a new visual arts centre for the College. Supported by the Arts Council, the shell of a pub, The Kings Arms was converted into an Arts Centre and opened in 1969. Printmaking, painting and sculpture studios were housed within the building alongside a modern gallery. Over the last 40 years the gallery has hosted a wide range of exhibitions, acclaimed nationally and internationally. Artists at Morley celebrates this tradition and reflects on the talents of artists and tutors and
their commitment to the important role of creative and innovatory adult learning and its power to transform people's lives.