Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Southend Art School 1967


Old ex-student of Southend Art School , Alistair Young got in touch recently which was a nice surprise and trying to think back to what he looked like made me dig out these old snaps that Phil Spellacy took at the historic sports day back in the halycon days of 1967 - the Summer of Love and beatleish hair do's.
I may be wrong but I think that is Alistair on the back row with the glasses and the blazer? I'm sure Alistair will tell me if I am wrong! My memory of names is a bit hazy - the day too is a bit of a blur like most of the 60's - you know what they say!
I expect most of these people are retired and gaga by now. I expect Tony Oldfield and Leo Hardy are long gone. I'm still in touch with Barry, Phil, and Maureen but no idea what happened to all the others.

18 comments:

Alistair said...

Thanks for sight of this photo Michael, It brings back many memories though not many names. I think the tall one behind Barry is David Day. I don't keep in touch with any of them now. I went off to Corsham (Bath Academy) then Cardiff for the teachers course. Taught in a school at Hayling Island then Forest of Dean where I set up my first pottery workshop. Ran a ceramics course at the Royal Forest Dean College for some years. Now back to making pots full-time. Married kids flown the nest etc.

wastedpapiers said...

Glad to catch up with you again Alistair. David Day - yes, I vaguely remember him. I have a photo of him and Jim? who went out with the blonde girl whose name I forget. Have a photo of them in the Sculpre room at McDonald Ave. where Catharni Stern used to teach. Rember her? "The plaster's gorn orf!"
I found your website. Have you written a book about ceramics or is that someone else?
Sadly Bill Freeth passed away some years ago - a lovely chap. I always enjoyed his ceramics classes though my pots were rubbish!

Alistair said...

Yes the website is a disaster... have been trying to get my head round it for the last couple of years. Will get it sorted soon. I own up to the book as well bit of a how to do it rather than a who dunnit. Yes I remember Jim and the blonde girl who kept taking overdoses I think. Met Bill Freeth many years ago and was pleased to tell him that I had made a career(?) out of ceramics...I do remember Michaelangelo's apprentice who worked in the sculpture studio. Bob?? who was the original lifetime student. Roll ups and beethoven's 5th on 78's with a wind up gramophone.
This blog, links etc. is amazing. do you spend all of your time doing this?

wastedpapiers said...

I noticed your website was incomplete but assumed it was a new venture and was a work "in progress". I do spend far too long on the internet and blogging. I find the whole thing very "moreish"!
Bob Rider was a character who went on to study philosophy and baffle everyone with quotes from Thomas Aquinas etc. Sadly he died during an operation for his "hole in the heart" condition back in the 70's.
Do you remember Tony Eve? He vaguely remembers you at McDonald Ave. I was just talking to him on the phone. He lives not far away in Alsager near Stoke.

Alistair said...

Yes Tony Eve, I remember the name though can't visualise the face!! Can't remember other names but can still picture them. The painting lecturer who did Rupert Bear paintings and the slick little 3D design man who came down from London. Bob Rider was a real character, somehow imagined him chipping away at a piece of stone still somewhere...

wastedpapiers said...

Bob Knee did the Rupert inspired drawings. He still lives in Leigh-on-Sea and recently had an exhibition in Cardiff that Rick Cox organised. Ron Mitchell was the 3-D design man.
There was also Alan Shillingford who taught printmaking.
Gordon Law aught painting at the old art school but I don't suppose you would know him. He lives in Pennsylvania now and we are still in touch.
Sarak Kent visited ocassinally for art history and worked for Time Out as an art critic - she popped up on TV ocassionally.

Alistair said...

Ah yes, Bob knee. Another name I had forgotten. How do you remember? I suppose that if you see some of the others now and again they come up in conversation. For me its like a channel opening up to that time..over 40 years ago!!
Here's a name, Paul Smith, or Boughton-Smith. Made a 3d canvas with a huge seat from an American car.
Working flat out to get work ready for a Potters Fair, this weekend in Buxton. http://www.earthmarque.com/index.php?page=ceramics-in-the-round

wastedpapiers said...

I don't remember Paul Smith or the car seat. I was at Southend for four years sp plenty of time for those names to sink in! Bob Knee I remember because he was just a few years older than us and had a great droll sense of humour. He was always very encouraging with my paintings.
I drop him a line occasionally but he's not a great correspondent and not on the internet as far as I know.
Good luck in Buxton.

Wastedpapiers said...

BTW that's Les Shaw seated like a guru ( twice). He taught graphics so don't remember that much though he seemed quite a character. He's still around apparently so his partner Carol said today on FaceBook where she's started a Southend School Of Art page . I tried to join but not succeeded yet. They must have gone out for the day as the weather is so nice.

Wastedpapiers said...

Here's a LINK.

max brandrett said...

Max brandrett 1967. Google. Max

max brandrett said...
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Wastedpapiers said...

Hi Max- you must have started at Southend after we left. Why don't you join the FaceBook Southend School of Art group- maybe some people there you might know from 1967 onwards.

john h said...

Hi, Apologies, but a quick question about Leo Hardy, who is pictured above as a tutor at Southend School of Art. Would anyone know of any relatives or friends of his? A friend of my mothers has a painting that she left to him in her will (blimey this is hard to phrase without it sounding like a Nigerian scam!) I'm assuming it's value is sentimental rather than financial... anyway if anyone knows anything I'd like to pass on info, many thanks, John H

Wastedpapiers said...

Thanks for the info. John H. Not sure how to help you. I will mention it to the Southend Art School group on FaceBook who might know something. The only other thing I can suggest is contacting the Art School direct and they may have a record of his remaining relatives in their files.

robert knight said...

OK, this is a reach, but I attended the school in '67. I had a good friend with your name while I was there. His girlfriend was called Lorraine, and I was 'with' Linda Pantry, another student. Anything to do with you?

Robert Knight (I was probably called Bob then).

robertknight2003@yahoo.co.uk

Anonymous said...

p.s. sorry, Alistair, I was asking after Alan Shillingford.

Robert Knight.

Wastedpapiers said...

Hi Robert, Sorry I don't remember you - possibly you arrived as I left. I suggest you join the Southend School of Art group on Facebook and inquire there - lots of ex-students from that time are on it although they don't post as much as they shoul
d.