Artists in Britain 1950-2000

Ref: C2423224

Following the end of the Second World War, British art saw the development of new and radical art through the work of a new generation of artists. This course begins in 1945 when many artists questioned the legacy of earlier British art by taking experimental approaches in response to the changed and changing world. Over six weeks, this course explores the work of selected British artists each decade up to the emergence of the ‘Young British Artists’ at the start of a new millennium. How did their work reflect social, cultural and political concerns of the time?  Each week, the course focuses on 2-3 artists, working in a range of media, from painting and sculpture to film and photography, whose trailblazing and experimental approach have contributed to a more inclusive story of British art. Artists featured will include Eduardo Paolozzi, Prunella Clough, Frank Bowling, Bridget Riley, Margaret Harrison, Gustav Metzger, Sonia Boyce, Derek Jarman, Helen Chadwick and Chris Ofili.

Course aim

Discover the work of selected British artists whose innovative practice shaped the development of modern art from the 1950s to the 1990s. Explore how and why the ideas and themes behind their work continue to be relevant to today’s audiences.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify some of the defining social, political or cultural issues that influenced the work of at least one artist’s work from each decade studied on the course.
  • Explain key themes and use of media by at least one artist from each decade studied on the course.
  • Identify at least two artists whose work you consider to have been pioneering and forward-thinking for their time.
  • Build confidence at describing and discussing an artwork in a group discussion.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will be taught with online slide presentations and class discussions. You will need: - A secure Internet connection - A PC, laptop, Mac/MacBook with microphone & camera, or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone - Earphones, headphones or speakers

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Artists in Britain 1950-2000

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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