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Gerry McFarlaneNader Khalatbary - Stephanie Sampson - Peter Wells - Quentin King - Keith Elliott - Paul Coope - Ray Silvester - Peter Juerges - Michael O'Donnell - re Sue Mallon - Jezz Bishop - (Paul) David Elkington - Paddy Adamson - Roger Bodenham - Michael (Mike) Keen - Catherine Holden - Jason Hoare - Stephen Fairbairn - William Bradley - John Miles - Paul Sproll - Janet Simpson (Jan Hine) - Paul Malcolm - Richard Nye - Jane Foster - Don Whiteford

Name:
Don Whiteford
Email:
Subject:
Graphics
Dates:
late 70'S early 80's
Date:
30 December, 2004
 
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Don's photos from 78-71

Just a quick one to the webmaster... my e-mail address has now changed - see above.
Started another business after the last software publisher went pop.
Hope you had a good Christmas all.
Best, Don

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Name:
Jane Foster
Email:
Subject:
Ceramics
Dates:
75-78
Date:
20 November, 2004
 
Comments

Jane's Mr BAA '77calendar photo shoot  

more photos from 75-78

Dear all, and in particular my fellow horrorbag, Sue McMorran....I HAVE THE MR. BATH ACADEMY OF ART PHOTOS AND CONTACT SHEET!!!! bid me at my email...heh heh heh....Jane Foster

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Name:
Richard Nye
Email:
Subject:
Graphic Design
Dates:
1970 - 74
Date:
12 October, 2004
Comments

Richards' illustration portfolio & CV

I was at Corsham from 70-74 studying Graphic Design and heavy drinking and would like to get in touch with anybody who was around during that period.
I was a small ginger haired git with a bicycle and owned joint possession of a dog called Magic (who was more famous than anybody). If you're out there Andrew Bailey - be in touch and where are you Fiona Mackintosh and all the others who trudged around Beechfield and the Sculpture school?. Was taught film by Nigel Trow - who was a great bloke. Shot a documentary with him in Highgate cemetery with dear old Steve Cripps and had huge laughs. I enjoyed Corsham immensely (taught me everything I know) and in fact lived on in the area for a couple of years after completing the course. Am now working in Animation in London.
Anyone out there with a better memory than I have - please get in touch.

A Layabout in Lacock - 1974

Andrew, Steve, Magic and Me
Beechfield 1973

I'm the one without the hat.

Drawn in memory of Steve Cripps in '82
might be a familiar image of the time.


As I remember, this was taken when I was doing some props work on a comedy/documentary film 'What'll You Have?' (starring Roy Hudd, Richard Wattis and a bloke from 'On the Buses'. It went out on release with the original version of 'Slap Shot' I think). There were quiet a few films made around the area at that time - not least 'The Music Lovers' (before my time in Corsham ) - there were quite a few students as extras in that - Ingrid, Jilly, Susie and their mates (legend has it that Liam, Jay and Dave Spurring - see Suzie Mackie's photos - got featured extras work on a spaghetti western called 'The Man with No Name' with Henry Fonda.. but you'd better ask Dave), 'Barrie Lyndon' and 'Moll Flanders' (BBC).

The Music Room at the Court featured quiet big in 'Barrie Lyndon' - I remember a girl called Angela convincing me that I could ride a horse (nothing to do with the film).

and with his face jammed into the new
photocopier in the Court library (1974)

[image from Tristan Forward]

As I was clattering sideways up the main drive a bloke from the film unit came out and told us to bugger off.
Cycled to Lacock one frosty morning, with Tristan Forward (local lad - great name) to get extras work on 'Moll Flanders' - only to find they just wanted 'old hags'. Andrew Bailey, Steve Cripps, myself (and a couple of others whose names escape me) drove over to HTV to try and get work on 'Arthur of the Britons' - Could we sword fight they asked? Yes. Could we ride a horse? (see above) Yes. They saw through our lies and we didn't get work. What they should have asked of course was 'Could we go away and have a good wash'..

All the best
Richard Nye

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Richard Nye caricature by Charles Griffin (1970)

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Name:
Paul Malcolm
Email:
Subject:
ceramics
Dates:
1983-86
Date:
23 September, 2004

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I have an announcement to make to all my old mates if you ever read this.
My girlfriend and soulmate of 10 years, Tracy, has finally agreed to be my wife in December on my 40th birthday. Anyone who I know who cares to email me gets an invite. This is a big achievement for me as 10 years on my knees asking the willfull wildchild to be mine has been long hard graft. I have found in her what I have been searching for. Tracy, by my side, you have been loyal, devoted and true. You are beautiful, intelligent and wicked. I will never find another you. I am honoured.
Any of my special and well remembered friends at BAA are invited to meet my lovely bride, it will be a BIG party! Come up to Preston for xmas!

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Name:
Janet Simpson
Email:
Subject:
NDD/Painting, Lettering
Dates:
1950-1954
Date:
13 September, 2004
Comments

Jans early 50's photos in a golden era.

Having been a student from 1950-1954 I realize I am an "elder statesman" (woman? nah - it was the 50's!). It was a golden era before the unrest of music and social issues that followed soon after.
The Flea Pit (down High Street, a turn to the right to a small primitive building showing "B" movies, where the wild west heroes galloped past the same landscape over & over again during the long chase scenes & Mr. Magoo cartoons were the favoured shows) - The Pack Horse - where the pinball machines or the dartboard mesmerized us into adulthood.
I have already added student names that I recall (funny how you can remember faces & not names & vice versa). Most memorable were the staff of that era: Rosemary & Clifford Ellis of course (with daughters Penelope & Charlotte) and William Brooker, William Scott, Bryan Wynter, Tony Fry, Terry Frost, Peter Lanyon, Kenneth Armitage, Harry Cliffe, James Tower, Peter Potworowski, Margaret Lester-Garland, Andrew Wilson, Stephen Russ, Bill Turnbull.
Once we left, reality struck.
For NDD students, a 5th year - London University Certificate of Education was the stepping stone to a classroom somewhere far from the protection of those who understood us. I ended up teaching Art in Staffordshire - then a private school in Peterborough. Then a vacation in Majorca and a sojourn in Royan in southern France led to marriage to an American sailor 47 years ago! I'm still married to him and we have raised three sons together. A lucky encounter. For the past 33 years we have lived in this house (in Old Lyme, Connecticut) that I designed & we built just before our last son was born. (He now lives down the hill in the house that he built). The surrounding gardens have been carved out of this rocky, forested hill and are in a constant state of growth and renewal. I have had sporadic moments of productive creativity - none significant - but I have utilized my design abilities gained at Corsham - especially the hours spent in the Lettering & Typography classes with Andrew Wilson - in almost all the endeavours that I have undertaken as a volunteer in the community. I have designed and produced many newsletters over the years. Thank heavens for computers!! What on earth would Andrew Wilson have said??? I have designed gardens and logos and interiors. I have an iron Peacock in my garden and my son & family have LIVE Guinea fowl just down the hill, so sights and sounds of BAA pervade.
Old Lyme, at the mouth of the Connecticut River was the gathering place for the American Impressionists of the 19th century. They considered the light and the landscape here to have the same qualities they had observed working with the French Impressionists http://www.flogris.org. An Art School was birthed by one of my neighbours - a sculptor - and has gradually grown to a 4-year accredited college "Lyme Art Academy College of Fine Arts" http://lymeacademy.edu. I was involved in its early years but the thrust in those days was for a very "classical" approach which I did not embrace. Fortunately as it has grown, so has its vision and now some credible work is emerging.
Anyhow this is just to say that I still live in a community that brings memories of Corsham. I have remained in contact with a few of my Corsham friends - particularly Monica Harmon - who lived with me at "Parkside" home of BAA bursar Bryan Fisher. She married Bryan Wynter (who taught at Corsham and died about 25 years ago). Their son Billy is an artist in Cornwall while son Tom and his family are here in the U.S. Monica still lives in Cornwall and is in touch with many of the St.Ives artists and peripheral personalities. She has kept me "in touch." Many friends have sent me news of Howard Hodgkin from time to time. I saw his work exhibited at the Yale Museum of British Art some years ago and then the big retrospective at the Metropolitan in NY a few years back. I then happened to be in Fort Worth, Texas where it travelled a few months later. Awesome to see his name in banner size on the facade of the Museum! Fascinating too, to see the same paintings hung in such different venues in such different light and ever echoing the influences of his life - including BAA. Not all of us (yet!) have reached such high places of esteem as Howard or Jeff Nuttall (who ever would have thunk it of Jeff when he was at Corsham?) but I am sure the BAA experience coloured the lives of every one of us - enriching us by opening our eyes in such unique fashion.
I certainly have been intrigued and in awe of some of the accomplishments of those who have posted in the guest book here. I suspect all of us who were exposed to the persona and ideas as we passed through BAA have made a difference in the world around us in one way or another. It was a special place.
*As I recalled "Parkside" I thought of Sean, Ardan and Dowland, Bryan & Irene's sons - they were mere babes then, diapers on the line & we used to babysit! Then as I returned to read a few more "stories" at Gerry's brilliant website I discovered that Ardan Fisher became a film editor! It really IS great to know fragments of the past, thank you Gerry.
If anyone should happen to recall me from those long ago days, and wants to be in touch - I'm right here!

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Name:
Paul Sproll
Email:
Subject:
painting, printmaking, education
Dates:
1963-66
Date:
05 September, 2004

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Another message for William Bradley (in addition to the one sent by my friend John Miles).
Salima Hashmi is a professor and dean of the School of Visual Arts at the National University, Lahore, Pakistan. A Google search provides a fair number of references to her and her work. Quite amazingly when I was being given a preliminary interview in Boston, for my present position in States at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Salima was at that time completing an MA in Art Education at RISD and was a member of the interview panel! A former student of hers has just completed her MA in Art + Design Education at RISD with me. It really is a small world. I am not sure, but I think Dave Spurring may have been a student of mine when I was teaching art at Lindisfarne College in North Wales.

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Name:
John Miles
Email:
Subject:
painting/sculpture
Dates:
1965-69
Date:
02 September, 2004

Comments

A message for William Bradley.
I've just discovered Raphael Sebastian Ahbengs work on the internet. It appears that he is still working in Bau district, Sarawak, and his paintings can be seen in many Malaysian galleries. web site; www.eonet.com hope this is of some use.
When he produced his enormous panga (knife), and demanded that we turn off the music, we thought it prudent not to argue. He was a great guy!

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Name:
William Bradley
Email:
Subject:
Graphic Design & Painting
Dates:
1964-68
Date:
01 September, 2004

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It's great to find the site. I have been reminded of several students whose names I had forgotten. It was sad to see Liz Martin had died. I loved her personality and liveliness.

Many I would love to hear from.
I remember Paul Ansell who has written some comments. It would be great to hear from others as well, like Angus Davies, Dave Spurring, John Punt, Helen de Paravicini, Anne Stevenson, Jenny Gunn (I see a comment from her), Ian Lawson (Printing Tutor), Marjory Yu Siew Yean (now Yee), Dave Prince, Diana Simpkins, Virginia Spate (Art Hist. Tutor), Elise Ward, Mike & Jan Craig-Martin (Painting Tutors), Greg Hull, Chris Lumgair, Kieran Lyons (whom I met in Auckland NZ about '76), Cherry Wigley, Tony Birch, Rena Contagonis, Cheryl Dicks, Simon Farrel, Christine Feiler, Richard Foster, Salima Hashmi, Dorothy King, Janina Mintowt-Cyz, Claudia Rummel, Rachid Rkaina, Katie Waller (then Rosson), Steve Lowndes, Sam Lord, Juanita (Waukaso) & Clive Adams, Raphael Sebastian Ahbeng Kureng, and others I hope to remember.

A time of great excitement and freedom. I only remember the sunshine, falling in love, making friends, talking lots of talking.

on 02 September
Does anyone know anything of Angus Davis and Ian Lawson, Chris Lumgair, Dave Spurring, Pauline Green, Dave Prince, Diana Simpkin, John Punt, Kieran Lyons and others from that time?
on 06 September
Anyone Know of Simon Farrell's whereabouts? or Paul Ansell's email. [in Links page 1 - Gerry]
2nd message
Thanks Paul & John for the information. I will see where it leads. Salima invited me to her wedding in Pakistan, but I was unable to get there sadly.

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Name:
Stephen Fairbairn
Email:
Subject:
Graphics
Dates:
1967-1970
Date:
25 August, 2004
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Steve 67-70 and Margret 66-68 photos

Balmy Days - a Graphics bod in Corsham

What a brilliant site. Brings tears to the eyes.
I am now senior designer at an Icelandic ad. agency. Married Margrét Jóelsdóttir (also at Corsham 66-68) and moved to Iceland 1970. We work together in the art business.

Anyone who remembers me and would like to make contact, please email me.
Check out our new Website.

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Name:
Jason Hoare
Email:
Subject:
youngest 60's Monks Park resident!
Dates:
1962 - 1964
Date:
02 August, 2004

Comments

I think I was the youngest resident at Monks Park in the early '60s. I actually lived in the House and not in the old army shed in the garden. Freyja and Geoffrey Hoare, were the wardens for a while, they are my Mum and Dad.

You might remember a small precocious boy, who ran a muck everywhere, well that was me and now I am 45!! I have many vivid memories from the era. I can recall helping out in the kitchen, one job I had was to stand on top of a dustbin (I was short then) to watch the toast, I had to bang on a saucepan lid with a wooden spoon to alert that the toast was done, I had great difficulty with brown bread, which always got burnt. I remember the milk in the pantry was in a churn as big as me with a ladle to decant it. Cornflakes had cut out animal masks on the back of the box. Somewhere there was a underground common room/bar which was very sixties with bare painted brick and red road lamps, was this an old bunker from the war?

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Name:
Catherine Holden
Email:
no email submitted
Subject:
Graphics
Dates:
64-67
Date:
06 July, 2004

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I studied Graphics at Corsham 64-67 on the Institute Course. Would love to hear from anyone who might remember me.

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Name:
Michael (Mike) Keen
Email:
Subject:
Painting/Lettering
Dates:
1957-61
Date:
02 July, 2004
Comments

Mike Keen's late 1950's photos.

1998 BAA Reunion

A quick reply to Roger Bodenham re. siblings at Corsham. Laila and Alison Chaplin were at BAA in the mid-to-late 1950's. Alison was a third year student during your first year there. (I was in my second year when you arrived.)

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Name:
Roger Bodenham
Email:
Subject:
Sculpture (and the Female Form)
Dates:
1958-61
Date:
05/*06 June, 2004

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Hi to everyone in Group D?, 1958-61.
Thanks Bruce. I'd forgotten about the carpet. Wish I still had the Norton tho'. I think I was on the roof after being tied up by you lot.
Do all come and visit me at Blampied, Australia. I have plenty of firearms still.

*Just remembered I had a sister who went to Corsham; I think 1952-54, painting diploma class. Her name was Pat Bodenham (now Kneene). She drew my half a cabbage for me and got me in: I ate it! Best wishes to all the re-incarnated. 

Roger
P.S. I wonder, has anyone done a study of siblings, etc. at Corsham?

an archived Anecdotes Page entry from Roger is viewable here.

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Name:
Paddy Adamson
Email:
Subject:
music/pottery painting & mosaics
Dates:
1963-1966
Date:
25 May, 2004

Comments

Hi Guys.
I got your email address via Paul Sproll. My curiosity was aroused so here I am.

I remember there was student unrest at Clifford Ellis's high handed management of the place. Students were being sent letters in the holidays telling them not to return next term for no apparent reason. 'C.E. = 1984' appeared one morning daubed on the wall.
Geoff Harris had the oldest yellow Austin Seven around. I had 1937 Austin 7 Ruby. I shared a room in Beechfield House with Tony Jackson, next door was Simon Chadwick.
So many great memories.

an archived Anecdotes Page entry from Paddy is viewable here.

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Name:
(Paul) David Elkington
Email:
Subject:
Graphics
Dates:
1980 - 1983
Date:
17 May, 2004

Comments

BAA was a real inspiration and I'd love to get back in touch with some of the guys I knew there. It was a whole experience that successfully broke my conformist conditioning, even to the degree of finding myself on a lone streak through Corsham town at dead of night!

I'm now a writer/egyptologist and have a few books out at the moment, but studying at Corsham was a great foundation, even though I didn't finish the course and left somewhat under a cloud which was later identified as ill-health, now cleared, thank goodness.
After leaving I had various jobs in film and TV until I got the 'egypt' bug and pursued a new career in the field of ancient history and linguistics. I occasionally saw some of the guys in the years immediately after leaving, but I left the country for a couple of years and I've seen no one since returning. I particularly remember my room mate at Church Street, Paul Bridger who was a painter. Paul was best man at my wedding in 1986 - I'd love to get back in touch with him again. We had some extraordinary adventures, but who at Corsham didn't? (Alas, the marriage didn't last!) I also remember Cathy Humpries and Sheran Hemmings, also painters, John Woodhouse - a year above me in graphics and Mike Smith from the Corsham DIY shop. Can anybody tell me what happened to Bob Craven lately of 'The Pack Horse'?
I can remember having a temporary job back in 1987 as a gardener. One night there was a call for a gardening team to go to the old Beechfield site and 'tidy things up'. I wish that I had never gone - it was like the opening to Waugh's Brideshead Revisited: mournful and sad now that it was empty of all presence, an echo of the past. Memory flooded into my skull - it was very upsetting, one really grew very fond of the place!
I remember my room mates in my first year, Karen Kinton, ceramics and Anthony Parker, Graphics, from Nottingham. Whatever happened to Kate Luck, our Art History tutor? And Robin Whalley? And Julia Garrett? Tutors all.

I fell in love at Corsham and the feeling of it has never left me, I often raid the memory of it all for ideas in my writing and I am sure that some people out there will recognise themselves as characters in certain of my forthcoming books. Long live Corsham, it was a great privilege and it was a joy.

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Name:
Jezz Bishop
Email:
Subject:
The Sad loss of Sue Mallon
Dates:
1982-85
Date:
13 May, 2004

Comments

It is strange when moments and events conspire to bring thoughts and feelings to the fore in our lives, and such a time happened today when I learnt of Sue’s death. It is at moments like this that we find ourselves faced with the cold reality of ours and other’s fragility within this strange existence we call life.
I had not seen Sue for nearly twenty years, yet when I heard the news of her death I found myself flung unexpectedly back in time to when she and I along with eight others first met in 1982. We were all full of expectations and nerves, a time of learning to be with others in a way that is quite unique to our student years. The ten of us who collectively were the that year’s sculpture intake soon formed an intimate and deep friendship, one that involved likes and dislikes, parings and separations, of falling in and sometimes out of friendships and above all, a time of inner and outer discovery for all. Sue had her own journey to travel as did we all; one that at times involved pain as well as moments of fun and joy. Hearing about Sue brought home to me just how vital and central a time these three years were and remain in my life since. Sue’s memory as part of this extended family, which shared so much, will never be lost to me and I have faith that this is so for the others too. Her loss is deeply felt.

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Name:
Gerry McFarlane
Date:
7 May, 2004

Comments

Mike Slater, Sue Mallon and Marina Graham Obituary

Susan Mallon
1962-2004

at a party in 4 Church Street, Corsham in 1980

happier times

...and on a shopping trip to New York in 1999

It is with such great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Susan Mallon [BAA sculpture 1982-'85] from a fall in her home on the 3rd May 2004. She worked in Swindon Social Services and was a colleague, friend and close neighbour of mine.
Susan had a turbulent personal life post BAA, with many events that caused her great anxiety and conflict. After a serious medical diagnosis 4 years ago, she had to overcome added stress which compounded her illness. Susan was a fighter and had just managed to come through this with a positive attitude to her life. Very recently finding some happiness and contentment again.
we're born, we live, we die
and everything in between is unpredictable
as mysterious as the purpose of our existence
but energy lives on

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Name:
Michael O'Donnell
Email:
Subject:
drawing, painting, sculpture
Dates:
1964-1967
Date:
16 April, 2004

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Michael O'Donnell, living in Cornwall, is seeking to contact friends from that important Corsham period in our lives.
I have many contacts from the 1964-1967 years, and would very much like to hear from anyone who would like to get in touch. Particularly anyone who remembers the famous " Corsham Band" (I was the drummer). A few names to trigger that time:- Tony Benge, (who hogged the TV at Monks Park TV room); Ted Coney, (with the open red Austin); Joe Connely, (A born comedian); Barbara Phillips; Marion Nubley; Maggie Bullivan; "Spud" Taylor, (Isabelle Symonds insisted on calling him "potato"); Geraldine, Cheyne, Anna, etc., and all the other great people (too many to list) I would like to contact again from that time : you have retained a place in my mind. John Nesbitt lives in France and Mark Prescott lives in Leighton Buzzard, I am still firmly rooted in Cornwall. Very best wishes to all, and I look forward to hearing from any "Corsham Friends".
There is no doubt that the years at Corsham were seriously important, not just a social event but a start to a life in a creative sense. I have continued as an Artist working full time on my drawings and still fighting the corner for abstraction in a literal world. I have been working for the Arts Council, involved on the Advisory Council at the Tate (St.Ives) since it was formed, retired Senior Lecturer, formerly West Sussex, Cornwall, Hampshire, etc.

an archived Anecdotes Page entry from Michael is viewable here.

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Name:
Peter Juerges
Email:
Subject:
Graphics
Dates:
67-71
Date:
20 February, 2004
Comments Peters photos from 1971

I stumbled into this BAA experience having had alarm bells go off when I recognised Paddy Goffs name on the Web Pro site. Google did the rest.
Scanning through the names and comments left me feeling emotional and yet quite numb. The memories, those incredibly good, warm, unique memories, were suddenly back. It's as though saying anything or even participating will spoil something precious...but then... I'm here - I can't ignore it.
Yes I do have some pics somewhere and they will be unearthed and submitted, and yes the site should grow. For now just let me say hello to anyone who remembers and thanks to those that have helped create this site.

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Name:
Ray Silvester
Email:
Subject:
Graphic Design
Dates:
1967-1972
Date:
19 February, 2004
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Rays portraits & sabbatical photos 67-72

Hello all.

I was at Corsham from 1967 - 1972 (took a sabbatical in 1970 and travelled to India with John Headlam). I was the Australian girl who wore the plastic dresses and had a motorbike that I rode with the guys (Liam, Dave, John, Jonathon etc.). I live in America now, still working as a Graphic Designer and have 2 daughters (one a singer song writer just starting to make a name for herself: Jessy Moss
I have some Corsham photos that I will scan and load - you may see yourself. It really does not seem that long ago. It was a great time.

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Name:
Paul Coope
Email:
Subject:
Ceramics
Dates:
75-79
Date:
11February, 2004

Comments

Hi to all my former ceramic mates, hope you are all well etc, etc. I keep visiting this site from time to time and enjoy catching up in some small way with past friends.

There was a question about the photos that were taken for the Mr Bath Academy calendar. Well Simon Cork and myself took the photos of all the guys and Sue Mac, Jane Foster and Linda Brown provided the makeup for our beautiful bodies. For an art college with all those wayward students we were rather modest with the camera work and the girls left the rooms when the guys stripped off, except for when Dick Goodie was to be photoed, he was so on tender hooks and nervous that he stripped off in front of the girls before they could leave!!! The only other female was Ali Coath whose hand appears holding a match to light a rocket held by one of the guys. As for the photographs, Jane Foster is the person to contact for these!!! I am sure she would be happy to supply these for a small fee!

Be happy out there in the real world.
Regards Paul

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Name:
Keith Elliott
Email:
Subject:
painting
Dates:
70-73
Date:
5 February, 2004

Comments

I don't know if it's simply because our 70-73 time was a watershed of British counter culture, or more pragmatically, the unblemished mirror of today's reality which we now have to accept unconditionally, in our mid-fifties, portfolio of draught projects evaluated, marked and filed; but its absence of regular additions to the guest-books is telling. It's as if the pre-seventies had at least one foot in the establishment and the post seventy-fivers at least two in the future.
The students who turned up on the lawns of Corsham Court for their interviews were not only tongue-tied they were establishment tied, at least that was the way it appeared to a Mancunian who felt he could simply never get his tongue around BATH when all his life people had said it as in 'cat'.
Adrian Heath appeared to have the last word on candidates; 'last' as in the golfing 'fore'. Contemporary artistic regionalism was a thing of the future, the fair-haired bespectacled Yorkshire painter with a penchant for splashes and the west-coast was the next best thing to hovis. (Lowry was not yet even a distant cousin to Bruegel the elder). I recall Adrian pulling nonchalantly on his straight pipe, 'Yes, I think I have one or two of his larger Slade student works somewhere in my London studio'. That said it all.
So why the vacant spaces surrounding those 36 months of the nether-aesthetes? I recall a denuded mid-summer night's symposium in that delicious stone pool next to the gothic revival ruins. How on earth could one ever surpass the admixture of insouciance, youth and peacocks, (I was always on the look out for D.H.'s albinos variety for total communion). Flower-pot men juvenilia, provocation and abstract expressionism on the demur lime green lawns of the Methuen lineage at twilight was enough to transgress all notions of space, rank and time. And guest-books are precisely about that.
Here go a few smooth resounding pebbles, and here's hoping that the rings multiply and spread:-
Margaret Drabble's lecture in the old barn where we all gasped when she stammered uncontrollably -
Paul Chambers' girlfriend sitting on an unplumbed loo for personalised life-class in B12 -
Serena and George bridging the north/south divide in constant good humour -
Kevin Mount's special vessels (be they still not empty) -
the librarian Shawn Newsom's idiosyncratic and fabulous musical evenings -
the future Sir Howard stretching canvas in Castle Combe -
illicit salt-kilns being fired on a football pitch late at night -
late night silk-screening at Monks amidst Graham Day's stars, John Furnivals' rainbow sweaters and a Steven Russ lute -
the loneliness of the Monk's Park painter -
Ruth's compartmentalised portraits -
Moore Kenny's model aircraft camera and his work on Bacon -
the little dots that held us fascinated in Crumplin territory -
Peter Kinley's Walter Matthau smile and his perspicacity -
Michael Kidner's flared pants and unflared certainty that painting has function beyond functionality -
Michael Simpson's antithesis to the contrary -
Jim Moyes' creaking leather jacket -
Adrian's divine right of principal lecherer -
the choice of mild or tasty cheddar at the local grocer's which was incomprehensible to Maria from Nicosia -
Constance 'Budgie' the American girl from Syracuse who found us all so, so immature -
Kai Moe's wonderful custom-made bicycle which I bought from him before his return to Norway
the anti-Thatcher protest trip to London -
the international scholarship interview in London which put pay to my life and time in England just 31 years ago.
I'd love to catch up.

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Name:
Quentin King
Email:
Subject:
Graphic Design
Dates:
75-78 I think!!
Date:
28 January, 2004

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Corsham was freedom, Hi to all those who knew me.

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Name:
peter wells
Email:
Subject:
painting
Dates:
77-81
Date:
16 January, 2004

Comments

Sadly Bhupen Khakhar has recently passed away. He was a fellow at BAA in 1979 and worked in the studio next to me at Monks Park. He was frozen..... he told me later in Delhi that the cold is all he remembers. Bhupen was one of the best Indian painters and was celebrated all over the world, lately in a book by Tymothy Hymen. I wonder if anyone else remembers him at Corsham? He was originally discovered by Howard Hodgkin and Peter Kinley but stayed with Jo Hope while at BAA.

from Peter's website:-

Influences

I have been influenced, as much as anyone, by the Indian artist Bhupen Khakhar, who was resident in the next studio to mine at Bath Academy of Art in 1979.

But I did not know who he was at that time and never spoke to him, although I did once sneak into his studio when he wasn't there and saw what to me were the strangest pictures I'd ever seen, some even painted on glass.

It was only later in 1996 that I first talked to him in New Delhi. I was having a show at The British Council and he was having a show at The National Museum of Modern Art. I took a rickshaw miles out of town to where he was staying at an artist's retreat. He was drawing in brown chalk on a huge piece of paper pinned to the wall. What a love of India he has, and what a sense of humour. He is also the first modern gay Indian artist to have come out in public.

Best Wishes,
Peter

painting by Bhupen Kharkarclick here for info on the film
click the above text for more info

The person with Michael Kidner in Who's Who page 11 is Paul Mariner, history of art.

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Name:
Stephanie Sampson
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Subject:
visual art, painting B.A.
Dates:
1977-81
Date:
11 January, 2004

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I studied painting at Corsham from 1977 to 1981 and then left the U.K. for Greece and Canada where I have lived alternately for several years.... I now live in Greece where I paint, exhibit (and teach sometimes). It's interesting to read ex students comments... I didn't realize so much beer drinking went on.....did I miss out??!!! It would be good to hear from people of that period.
bye for now.

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Name:
Nader Khalatbary
Email:
Subject:
Graphics
Dates:
1973-76
Date:
1 January, 2004

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Dear Corshamites, with a very special warm "hello" from the past:

happy
full of good health
joyful
full of goodwill
open
full of honest smiles
peaceful
new year

nader k

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Name:
Gerry McFarlane
Email:
Subject:
Ceramics
Dates:
1974-78
Date:
1 January, 2004

Comments

Greetings to everyone for the New Year.

The guest book will continue with the same password being required to make an entry. It has so far outwitted the 'spam artists' but also stopped genuine ex-BAA'ers from posting, so if you need the password please don't hesitate in emailing me. This current Guestbook 2004 will probably run for more than a year, depending on the amount of entries received.

Sadly, some of our friends and colleagues have 'shoved-off the mortal coil' in the past year; Derek Pope, David Heale, Liz Martin, Philip Higson and Gareth Ball - their obituaries are on the site in guest book entries or pages featuring them - they will be missed and not forgotten!

Reunions?, well there have been a few and I would hope some are being planned for this coming year. Let me know what you are arranging so that I can feature it on the site early enough for people to attend.

Thanks for all of your support and contributions in the last two and a half years, the site has grown quite considerably since it's beginning and I look forward to adding more of your photos & memories of BAA in the coming year.

Cheers,
Gerry

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