Magazine article Art Monthly

Shelagh Cluett 1947-2007

Magazine article Art Monthly

Shelagh Cluett 1947-2007

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At the recent memorial celebration of the life of the artist Shelagh Cluett, which was attended by over 400 people, Phyllida Barlow recalled that even as a student, first at Hornsey and then at Chelsea School of Art, she exhibited 'an independence of thinking, reciprocated by a profound intelligence for art in all its guises where a remarkable lack of prejudice would serve not only the development of her art, but all who came into contact with her'. Only eight years after finishing her higher diploma at Chelsea in 1972, she returned to run theMA course. Subsequently she became the first woman to head a sculpture school in Britain, and colleagues and students alike were inspired by the tremendous energy, critical rigour, humour and warmth which characterised her leadership. Her input was also sought after for numerous panels and boards, including the British School at Rome, the Greater London Arts Board and the Arts Council, and she was well known for her insights outside Chelsea as an external examiner. …

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