Ayres, Gillian. (1 of 19). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    1999-14-08 and 1999-15-08 and 1999-17-11 and 2000-08-01

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    Interviewee's home, Cornwall, United Kingdom

  • Interviewees

    Ayres, Gillian, 1930-2018 (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Gooding, Mel, (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 1. Gillian Ayres [GA] born in Bracken Gardens in Barnes. GA describes childhood. Remarks on her father’s business career, his political leanings and views on life. Comments on her mother’s family, background – they were from Somerset. GA’s grandmother divorced and later lived with Charlie Beresford. Comments on the circumstances surrounding her parent’s meeting and subsequent marriage. GA’s earliest memories in Barnes and Somerset. GA taught at Corsham. Discussion about GA’s parents, childhood. GA fond of her parents. Remarks on Ranelagh and polo club life. GA attended Ibstock school (Froebel). Comments on experimental nature of the Ibstock school and her experiences being bullied there. Mentions first experiences drawing at 6 or 7. GA describes being ill often as a child and missing school at Ibstock. Attended Colet Court, junior school for St. Paul’s [SP]. Comments on Colet Court school, love for reading, being a bit dyslexic and books read (Dylan Thomas and others). Mentions that her friend’s mom was a lesbian. Describes bombing of London in WW II – view from her father’s place in Ranelagh. Remarks on ‘Billy Liar’ films and mischievous behaviour with friends around London during her time at SP. At SP with Herbert Howells, Vaughan Williams. More remarks on time at SP , subjects of study (Latin, Greek). Liked Victor Pasmore’s [VP] sister as art teacher at SP.

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