Basic Design at the Hatton

An exhibition exploring the role that Basic Design – a new radical approach to training in arts schools – played in revolutionising art education across Britain opened at the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne in September 2014.
With a particular focus on Newcastle in the 1950s and 60s, through the work if some of its key teachers including Richard Hamilton, Victor Pasmore and their students, the display will survey the main features of Basic Design as they emerged and were taught in Britain, with accompanying archive material and video documentation.
Julie Milne, chief curator of art galleries at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, said:
“Basic Design was a significant turning point in the history of British art education. This new method of teaching art was showcased through ‘The Developing Process’ exhibition, which was held 1959 at the Hatton Gallery, and afterwards shown at the ICA in London. It was pioneered by Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton and, both of whom taught at Newcastle University. It is therefore fitting to display Basic Design at the Hatton Gallery, highlighting their dedication to teaching and their association with the North East.”