Girling, Sheila (5 of 13).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2009-08-10, 2009-08-09

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's studio, London

  • Interviewees

    Girling, Sheila, 1924-2015 (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Westley, Hester (speaker, female)

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    Part 5: [00:27:24] Describes process of learning to paint; mixing and applying paint; importance of learning the ‘craft’ of painting. Teaching practices of different tutors; the different approaches of tutors Stubington, Harold Smith, Fleetwood Walker. [0:04:20] Extent of inter-departmental interaction. SG’s attitude to boyfriends; socialising with boys. [0:06:17] Painting self-portrait and portraits of family; painting at home; BH’s encouragement and support; SG’s attire and self image; artistic identity and role models. Annual trips to London; [0:11:31] the draw of the Royal Academy [RA]; family trip abroad and attitude to travelling; extent of exposure to modern French painters; significance of Camden Town Group; availability of art books. [0:15:25] SG’s uncle, artist Herbert Johnson Harvey and aunt, artist Hilda Mary Harvey [HH]; her life and work; SG’s understanding of their respective painting practices; the significance of being a Harvey in Birmingham; SG’s attitude to being known as a Harvey. [0:19:53] SG’s personal idiom; exam schedule; year of teaching training; content of painting examinations; qualification received, Art teacher’s diploma, ATD; SG’s attitude to teaching component. [0:23:11] Anatomy classes; SG’s desire to move to London; tutor’s response and parental response; SG’s tour around London art schools; former peer, artist Alistair Grant at Royal College of Art [RCA]; SG’s decision to attend RA; SG’s lodgings in girls’ Church Army hostel; SG’s response to atmosphere of London.

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    Sheila Girling interviewed by Hester Westley: full transcript of the interview

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