Foundations: Andrew Logan and Zandra Rhodes

Andrew Logan wearing a magenta suit and hat with large jewels stands next to Zandra Rhodes wearing a ruffled Dress with pink hair against a graffitied wall
Image credit: Andrew Logan and Zandra Rhodes at Penny Stamp Lectures, photo by Chrisstina Hamilton
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Watch this event in person at Nottingham Trent University’s City Campus, or tune into the livestream if you can’t make it to Nottingham.

We’re delighted to welcome artist Andrew Logan and designer Dame Zandra Rhodes for the first public in-conversation event of our new Foundations series, delivered in partnership by Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Contemporary.

Self-proclaimed maximalists Andrew and Zandra met in 1972 at Andrew’s inaugural Alternative Miss World contest, the alternative beauty pageant that he and his team still run to this day. The two soon became close friends and have since travelled the world together, collaborated with each other, and share many of the friends that were so influential in early 70’s and 80’s British culture and sub-culture.

Join for the rare opportunity to hear these two iconic figures of art and design talk openly and candidly about the early and influential moments in each of their careers.

This event coincides with NTU's current exhibition Andrew Logan’s The Joy of Sculpture.

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Register for your free place to watch this event in person at Nottingham Trent University’s City Campus, or to tune into the livestream if you can’t make it to Nottingham.

Foundations – presented in partnership by NTU and Nottingham Contemporary

Foundations explores the formative moments in practitioners’ careers. It’s about the relationship between artists, art schools and the wider world.

A new collaboration between Nottingham Contemporary and Nottingham Trent University, this series hosts conversations between acclaimed artists, designers, musicians, filmmakers and architects. Intended to both inform and inspire, Foundations will pose questions such as: Can art be taught? What next for cultural education? What do we mean by experimentation? What and how can we learn from artists? And vice-versa?

Building on the art-school tradition of open-ended dialogue and experimentation, these free events are open to practitioners, students and the public. We plan for all events to take place in person, and to be livestreamed and live captioned; audience contributions will play a central role.

Covid safety measures – ensuring the safety and comfort of all
We kindly request that all guests attending in person take a lateral flow test before the event. In line with current government guidance, mask wearing is required throughout this talk (unless exempt).

Biographies

Sculptor, painter and jewellery artist Andrew Logan is one of Britain’s most iconic artists, known for challenging convention, mixing media and playing with our artistic values. Andrew founded the Alternative Miss World contest in 1972, that soon became a meeting place for the leading cultural provocateurs of that time and subsequent years. Judges over the years included David Hockney, Ruby Wax, Leigh Bowery, Grayson Perry, and Zandra Rhodes.

Andrew has always maintained a prolific and dedicated artistic practice, reflecting his unrelenting, and infectious, passion, joy and energy. His established aesthetic utilises the transformation of smashed glass and found objects into flamboyant, colourful and glittering objects, of all shapes and sizes. Andrew has exhibited his work the world over, with several pieces now residing in major collections including the National Portrait Gallery and the Arts Council Collection.

Dame Zandra Rhodes has been a notorious figurehead of the UK fashion industry for five decades, celebrating her 50th year in fashion in September 2019 with a retrospective exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum – founded by Zandra – entitled Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous and a retrospective book published by Yale. Her notoriety as a print designer combined with an affinity for fine fabrics and colour has resulted in a signature aesthetic that is undeniably unique and continues to stand the test of time. A pioneer of the British and international fashion scene since the late 60’s, Zandra’s career has seen her collaborate with brands such as Valentino, Topshop and Mac Cosmetics. Continuing to collaborate with brands that inspire her, 2021 will see the launch of Zandra Rhodes x IKEA amongst many other exciting partnerships and projects