Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi was a pioneer of Pop Art, but did you know he was also a textile designer who taught Terrence Conran?

Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) one of the pioneers of pop art, is known for his sculptures, collages and prints which challenged artistic convention from the 1950s through to the Swinging Sixties and the London art scene of the 1990s.

Less well known are his textile designs, especially his Hammer Prints collaboration with avant-garde photographer Nigel Henderson, and his powerful influence as a teacher. From 1949 to 1955, Paolozzi was Tutor for Textile Design at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London where he first taught Terence Conran, later becoming his lifelong friend and mentor.

Join Kirstie Meehan, Archivist at National Galleries Scotland and expert on the Paolozzi Collections, as she highlights the artist’s own generous donation of work to the Galleries as well as more recent gifts which highlight Paolozzi as one of the most innovative and irreverent artists of the 20th century.

Ticket includes entry to exhibition Mid-Century Modern: Art & Design from Conran to Quant on the day of the event.


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