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Opening of ‘Be Magnificent’ at William Morris Gallery

What a great evening!

I  so enjoyed being re-united with some of my ‘old’ lectures and’ageing’ fellow students at the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow on the 8 June.

I was supported by my lovely wife Elaine, my son Bryan Kidd and Bryan Flint who was also at the college in the 60’s in the science faculty. We went for a drink and a bite to eat at the Bell Pub first and then to the gallery which has done a wonderful job in setting up a most interesting exhibition. Thanks to Rowan Bain, Curator at WM Gallery.

There are works by Sir Peter Blake, Ken Howard, and Fred Cuming to name but a few of our lecturers who were there and are now well known in their own right. Also it was great to meet some of my fellow students, Bill Jacklin (who gave a speech to open the show), Geoff Brunell, Laurie Lewis, Wendy Millar and my girlfriend at the time Angela Carruthers (Moulding).

Sadly there were many missing faces both teachers and students – time marches on! Principal: Stuart Ray; Lecturers: Cedric Horner, Margaret Green, Fred Dubery, Jo Brogden; Students: Ian Drury, Alan Howling are people who are no longer with us and whom I would have loved to have been there.

It is an exhibition worth seeing and a story worth hearing. (

Above – I was delighted to have my humble etching hung next to a delightful early work by Fred Coming

Below – AK pictured with Sir Peter Blake, Ken Howard and Fred Cuming (Bryan Kidd and Bryan Flint in background)

There is a sister exhibition running parallel at the Vestry House Museum just up the road also about Walthamstow. ( > Exhibitions!



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    June 29, 2017 / 11:56 am

    Wow! An amazing looking exhibition of iconic artists on an incredible website – I’m in awe.
    Do let me know when you are heading over to Walthamstow, I’d love to see it but ideally when you’re there.

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