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Two Lives in Colour

Tuesday 22 January – Saturday 16 March 2019

East GalleryNUA. Free entry: Tuesday – Saturday, 12-5pm Two Lives in Colour honours an exceptional artistic legacy, which in 2019 celebrates some important milestones. East GalleryNUA are delighted to present a body of work by Fred Dubery and Joanne Brogden alongside those talented students of NUA who have benefitted from the scholarship programme.

Through the generosity of artists Fred Dubery and Joanne Brogden, the East Anglia Art Fund (EAAF) provides annual scholarships at Norwich University of the Arts.

The Fred Dubery Scholarship for students studying BA (Hons) Fine Art, MA Fine Art or BA (Hons) Illustration and the Joanne Brogden scholarship for students of BA (Hons) Fashion, MA Fashion, BA (Hons) Textile Design or MA Textile Design.

Founded in 2016, this is the first year of a full cohort of scholarship students, from first year, undergraduate to MA. This year also sees the publication by Unicorn Press of the book of the same name, Two Lives in Colour, by writer and curator Ian Collins.

Students and graduates in the exhibition

Tom Browning, Jess Burgess, Madeline Exton, Jack Fenn, Ellen Harling, Lizzie Kimbley, Faith Madden, Charles Mead, Amy Ollett, Rona Springham, Kate Walker.

About Fred Dubery

Fred Dubery (1926 – 2011) was known as a painters’ painter, admired for his exuberant colour and quiet domestic interiors. A member of the New English Art Club from 1956, Dubery trained at Croydon School of Art from 1949 to 1950 and then at the Royal College of Art. Teaching at Walthamstow School of Art in 1960 he met Joanne Brogden and they married 5 years later. Dubery loved to teach. He was Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy Schools and a part-time senior lecturer at the Royal College of Art until 1989.  

About Joanne Brogden

Designer and sculptor Joanne Brogden (1929 – 2013) was similarly committed to teaching and was Professor of Fashion at the Royal College of Art, where she had studied in the early years of the foundation of the course. She also trained in Paris under Christian Dior and alongside Yves Saint Laurent.

A force in the development of fashion design education, Brogden’s students included Luigi Maramotti of Max Mara and Betty Jackson. Brogden retired from the RCA in 1999 to focus on her figurative sculpture.

After their marriage Fred and Joanne moved from London to Suffolk, settling in Great Finborough near Stowmarket in 1968, where they were based for the rest of their lives.

“We hope this exhibition reflects our admiration for the wonderful work of Fred Dubery and Joanne Brogden and gives an insight to the very great benefit derived from the Dubery Brogden scholarship programme at NUA. It has been an honour and a delight to get to know the remarkable young artists who have been the recipients of the very first scholarship awards.”

Amanda Geitner, Director EAAF

Image credit: Fred Dubery Souvenir of France © The Artist’s Estate. Photo Ken Adlard

In addition to an endowment to support scholarships, EAAF was given a body of work by the artists. These works by Fred Dubery and Joanne Brogden are for sale, the proceeds of which will help support the work of the charity in the region. For more information: |

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Opening times:
Tuesday – Friday 12–5pm, Saturday 12–4pm
Admission free

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