Two Lives in Colour at East Gallery NUA honours an exceptional artistic legacy, which in 2019 celebrates some important milestones.
Through the generosity of artists Fred Dubery and Joanne Brogden, the EAAF provides annual scholarships at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA): The Fred Dubery Scholarship for students studying Fine Art or Illustration and the Joanne Brogden scholarship for students of Fashion or Textiles. Founded in 2016, this is the first year of a full cohort of scholarship students, from 1st year to MA. This year also sees the publication by Unicorn Press of the book of the same name, Two Lives in Colour, by writer and curator Ian Collins.
‘East GalleryNUA is delighted to present a stunning body of painting and sculpture by the artists, alongside the work of the talented students of NUA who have trained within the Dubery Brogden scholarship programme.’ Professor John Last OBE, Vice Chancellor, NUA
‘We hope this exhibition reflects our admiration for the wonderful work of Fred Dubery and Joanne Brogden and gives an insight to the very great pleasure we have taken in the Dubery Brogden scholarship programme at NUA. It has been an honour and a delight to get to know the remarkable young artists who have been the recipients of the very first scholarship awards.’ Amanda Geitner, Director EAAF
Fred Dubery (1926 - 2011) was known as a painters’ painter, admired for his exuberant colour and quiet domestic interiors. A member of the New English Art Club from 1956, Dubery trained at Croydon School of Art from 1949 to 1950 and then at the Royal College of Art. Teaching at Walthamstow School of Art in 1960 he met Joanne Brogden and they married 5 years later. Dubery loved to teach. He was Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy Schools and a part-time senior lecturer at the Royal College of Art until 1989.
Designer and sculptor Joanne Brogden (1929 – 2013) was similarly committed to teaching and was Professor of Fashion at the Royal College of Art, where she had also studied in the early years of the foundation of the course. A force in the development of fashion design education, Brogden’s students included Luigi Maramotti of Max Mara and Betty Jackson. Brogden retired from the RCA in 1999 to focus on her figurative sculpture.
After their marriage Fred and Joanne moved from London to Suffolk, settling in Great Finborough near Stowmarket in 1968, where they were based for the rest of their lives.