Art accolade for lecturer

Sunderland University lecturer Prof Eric Bainbridge whose work is part of a major exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts in London.
Sunderland University lecturer Prof Eric Bainbridge whose work is part of a major exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts in London.
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A SCULPTURE by a city university lecturer is to go on show in an exhibition featuring some of the biggest names in the art world.

Professor Eric Bainbridge, who works in the fine art department at Sunderland University, said it was an “accolade” to be included alongside sculptors including Damien Hirst at the new exhibition, Modern British Sculpture, which starts at the Royal Academy of Arts in London on January 26.

Prof Bainbridge – who went to the Royal College of Art – said he had been involved in exhibitions at the Royal Academy a number of times but never in one of itsmajor events.

He said: “This is an accolade, certainly, and I am pleased to have been involved.

“I am sure there are many artists who are wondering why they haven’t been chosen, but it is just one of those things.

“I haven’t had a great deal to do with the curators of the exhibition but they have chosen a work of mine from 1996.

“I can understand why. It was a very creative time for me, but they could have equally chosen something from the 1980s.”

The work, The Mind of the Artist at the Beginning of Time, has been exhibited all over the world.

Prof Bainbridge said that his students would now know where his work was being exhibited and he hoped some would come and view it.

He said: “It would be good if one or two of them came down. It would be interesting to see what they think.

“We give them a lot of constructive criticism so it would be interesting to hear what they have to say when the boot is on the other foot so to speak.”

 The exhibition is the first major British Sculpture retrospective in more than three decades and will examine British sculpture in a broader international context – highlighting the ways in which Britain’s links with its Empire, continental Europe and the United States have helped shape the art.

 Eric Bainbridge has been a professor of fine art at the University of Sunderland for the last 10 years and is widely regarded as one of the most influential British sculptors living today.

 The exhibition runs between January 26 and March 30.