Mansfield Art College 1969 / 70.

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By Ian Craig

The post-sixth form students here were pursing the one year Art Foundation Course with a view to moving on to take their Diploma in Art & Design in one of the UK’s major cities, or had not done the sixth form but instead come here direct for the two year B Tech course and (hopefully) go straight from there into the world of “design”. We ourselves didn’t differentiate between each other.

The Foundation course was divided into specialist areas: Graphic design, textile design, ceramics (with Bob Gallon), 3D (with Mr Morgan), and Fine Art (with Phil Muirden). The principal was Peter Johnson. It was a very dedicated and effective staff, and it was only years later I saw my tutor Phil Muirden’s work on-line and was able to appreciate how talented and respected a painter he was / is.

The first photo here was taken in the main art studio. To the right of this group was the entrance to the small life-class room. To the left was the exit onto the corridor.

The idiot striking a pose at the back is me, Ian Craig. Back row standing, left to right, is Karen (known for her mini-skirts); Peter Creed (ex-Sherwood Hall with a strong Berkshire accent); Shirley (who introduced me to beat poetry); then a girl I can’t remember the name of but she had a John & Yoko style thing going on with the periscope behind; then unknown; unknown; then Angus from Scotland (very tall, arms crossed, he introduced me to The Who’s Tommy); then  a member of staff in glasses who had once been a student there; then short red haired Hazel(?). Front row seated: Sorry. Can’t remember any names along this row.

In the second photo the three girls on the left are Elizabeth, Karen and Shirley. Ian Craig is on Pete Creed’s shoulders. Angus is pointing down at someone’s head. The corkscrew-hair white t-shirt guy is Roger, and Heather.

In the third photo the back row, left to right, is Karen, Ian Craig, Elizabeth, and unknown. Seated are Sue (?) and Maggie (?)

Apologies for names I can’t remember or got wrong.

This page was added on 26/10/2016.
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Hi Ian,

I was at the Art College 1968/69, so I remember most of these students.  To fill in the gaps, the first photo, the names missing are .... member of staff was Trevor Ellis, Henry Brown is also on the back row. The red haired girl is Gail (Ledger).  On the front row is Sean Askin, Maurice (Mo) Lee, Glenn and I think the last guy is David Poyser.

Second photo, Angus is pointing down at Frieda (North). Between Frieda's legs is Sean Askin, the girl sitting on the steps is Sue (Ridge)

And the third photo, the two girls sitting are Sue (Ridge) and Magie (Simmons)

Out of all the students here I only know of one who went on to be an artist and that was my good friend Magie (Simmons) who still continues to be creative.

The Art College was a great place, when it was attached to Ashfield House. I was pleased to be a part of it. 

 

By Angela Bramwell
On 27/10/2016

Hi Angela, and Thankyou. There doesn't seem to be a way to go back and edit the post and put those names in, but no doubt any interested persons will read what you've put. In fact, as soon as I read your comment many of those names came back in a flash.

 

I went on to teach at West Bridgford after a poor graphic design course (imo) in Liverpool. Loved teaching. Been painting my own thing now since 2006. Best wishes.

By Ian Craig
On 03/11/2016

Pleased you made good use of your art career. I've met up, over the years, with many of the 'old' art students from those days. If you are interested there is a group dedicated to the old art college on Facebook (if you do Facebook that is) It's the 'Mansfield College of Art (as was)' Best wishes

By Angela Bramwell
On 06/11/2016

Hi, I think that's me (David Poyser) in the third photo on the right, not the first photo. Good to find this page. Mansfield was a very good art college. I'm still painting after all this time. Examples can be seen at:

http://davidpoyser.wixsite.com/portfolio

David Poyser

 

 

By david poyser
On 23/11/2016

I reckon this bunch were the year above me when I started at Mansfield in 69.  David, I also reckon that's you in the 3rd photo.  BTW, I also ended up at Loughborough where you went after Mansfield.  Unfortunately that was the end of my life in art - I ended up in psychiatric nursing for 25 years.

By DoC (Richard) Chamberlain
On 09/10/2017

Hi Richard,

Was one of your pictures at Loughborough a Marilyn Monroe with an 'x' through it? And did you go to Huthwaite School? Curious to see if my memory is still working.

David Poyser

By david poyser
On 13/10/2017

Hi David

 

Yes,  I did create a litho print of Marilyn Monroe, depicting her via two side by side photos - one of which was crossed out with a big red cross.  The cross was a reproduced version of a lipstick cross she herself used edit film sheets of photos of her image, indicating she didn't like them.

I also went to John Davies Primary - but you might have known me from Huthwaite Secondary School, at the top of the hill on Barker St.

 

By DoC (Richard) Chamberlain
On 17/10/2017

BTW David,  I did check out that website of yours a fair while back and loved the work you had posted up there - but seems it is no longer working.  Do you have another website, or social media outlet for your work? I always liked your work at Loughborough - considered it better than what most other students were doing at that time.

 

By DoC (Richard) Chamberlain
On 17/10/2017

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