On 30 June 2009 a group of former BSoA students and guests gathered at Bromley Central Library to see the BSoA traveling art exhibition. Those present represented the years from 1941 to 1962.
The exhibition was a grand success having toured each of the London Borough of Bromley’s libraries and in so doing prompted nearly 600 visits to our BSoA website.
Unfortunately, many of the young artists I spoke to at the exhibition who were gazing admiringly at our art work thought it was promoting an existing BSoA and an enrollment campaign. I had to inform them that the BSoA closed down in 1962 and that aspiring students today are most unlikely to find an art education that comes any where near ours.
Those former students and guests who had gathered at the Central Library then assembled at St George’s church to admire Tom Freeth’s magnificent stained glass windows. We are indebted to Father Malcolm who kept the church open extra late for us to see our former teacher’s work.
As it was a very hot day, we all then adjourned to the Coach and Horses for a little refreshment. We were particularly pleased to see there Molly Russell-Smith who was a student at our art school between 1937 and 1940 and Janet Spiller who enlightened us on the production process of her dad’s stained glass windows.
The following photographs celebrate the event: (names will be added soon)