Walker, Audrey (5 of 15) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2004-09-01, 2004-09-02

  • Recording locations

    interviewee's home, Pembrokeshire

  • Interviewees

    Walker, Audrey, 1928- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 5: Tape 3 ( F15803) Side A: Description of AW's social life at the Slade, mentions her dancing partner Michael Andrews, visiting jazz clubs in Soho, London and fancy dress parties at the Slade. Remarks on studying alongside ex-servicemen and the political discussion at the Slade, remarks on being idealistic and being (mistakenly) in favour of building tower blocks. Mentions reading 'The Manchester Guardian' and 'The New Statesman'. Remarks on not being able to go along with the Communists at the Slade. Spent holidays at home with mother. Mentions receiving a scholarship and managing on little money. Description of gradually having less in common with her family, mentions not being family orientated. Description of life drawing classes. Description of a portrait painted by AW at the Slade, remarks on the flaws in Coldstream's Euston Road training. Description of Philip Sutton's paintings at the Slade. Mentions AW's arguments with Harold Cohen. Long description of AW as an art student, mentions wearing a Horrock's skirts, cutting her hair to look like Audrey Hepburn and being chairman of the Student's Union. description of being involved in setting up the Young Contemporaries exhibition (1949/50). Story about making petticoats from her baby clothes. briefly mentions boyfriends.

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