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Stephen Chaplin interview

By Liz Bruchet, on 27 February 2014

As part of his research into the Slade history, Stephen Chaplin had the foresight to undertake a series of audio interviews with former Slade staff and students in the early 1990s. Over the past few months we’ve been selecting highlights from those interviews and publishing them online through SoundCloud. But now the tables have turned and the interviewer has become the subject of the interview. Excerpts from an oral history recording undertaking with Chaplin in 2013 have just been added to the growing collection on SoundCloud, and provide rich evidence of his contribution to the ‘biography’ of the school’s archive. He reminisces about his entrance interview in 1952; the teaching staff’s interpretation of the so-called ‘Euston Road School’ orthodoxy; encountering Bernard Cohen painting as a young student; art history teaching at the Slade in the 1950s; working with Lawrence Gowing; and tells the story of how he came to be charged with the task of ‘sorting out’ the Slade archive. Listen to the clips here.

Stephen Chaplin working on the Slade archive, c. 1992

Stephen Chaplin working on the Slade archive, 1992.

7 Responses to “Stephen Chaplin interview”

  • 1
    SladeSchool wrote on 28 February 2014:

    Check out the new @SladeArchive blog & listen to an oral history by Stephen Chaplin http://t.co/SbasqKSpiK @UCLMuseums @UCLFest_Of_Arts

  • 2
    UCLLibraries wrote on 28 February 2014:

    RT @SladeSchool: Check out the new @SladeArchive blog & listen to an oral history by Stephen Chaplin http://t.co/SbasqKSpiK @UCLMuseums @UC…

  • 3
    SladeArchive wrote on 28 February 2014:

    RT @SladeSchool: Check out the new @SladeArchive blog & listen to an oral history by Stephen Chaplin http://t.co/SbasqKSpiK @UCLMuseums @UC…

  • 4
    UCLMuseums wrote on 28 February 2014:

    RT @SladeSchool: Check out the new @SladeArchive blog & listen to an oral history by Stephen Chaplin http://t.co/SbasqKSpiK @UCLMuseums @UC…

  • 5
    janetedavis wrote on 28 February 2014:

    RT @SladeSchool: Check out the new @SladeArchive blog & listen to an oral history by Stephen Chaplin http://t.co/SbasqKSpiK @UCLMuseums @UC…

  • 6
    susancollins wrote on 28 February 2014:

    RT @SladeSchool: Check out the new @SladeArchive blog & listen to an oral history by Stephen Chaplin http://t.co/SbasqKSpiK @UCLMuseums @UC…

  • 7
    profjoecain wrote on 28 February 2014:

    RT @SladeSchool: Check out the new @SladeArchive blog & listen to an oral history by Stephen Chaplin http://t.co/SbasqKSpiK @UCLMuseums @UC…

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