Celebrating 20 Years of TheGallery

TheGallery 1998 – 2018

On 11th October 2018, we celebrated the achievements of TheGallery and looked back on the last 20 years with a special event for all staff and students at AUB, alumni, regular visitors and everyone in-between.

The event was a great success and it was humbling to see that many visitors were able to join us in the celebrations. We thank Professor Stuart Bartholomew for speaking at the event and talking about the exhibitions and events that have occurred since the opening in 1998. We have had the chance to exhibit incredible pieces of work from AUB Foundation students to well-known and established artists. TheGallery’s Senior Gallery Officer, Violet McClean prepared a speech thanking all those who have volunteered their time to help make TheGallery what it is today with William Hernandez Abreu, Gallery Technician, also saying a few words.

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Thank you again to all the staff, students, volunteers, work placements, artists, exhibitors, performers, curators, writers, editors, services, designers, photographers and videographers that have contributed to TheGallery’s exhibitions and publications over the years.

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Over the last 20 years, The Gallery has worked with a variety of incredible artists, curators and writers that have put together ever evolving exhibitions and publications. Such collaborators have included Zaha Hadid Architects and Alan Kitching. We also have a successful international touring exhibition, Lucienne Day: Living Design.

Our long established text+work publishing underpins our exhibition programme, creative events and commissioned projects within the University. It was created to promote a forum for challenging dialogue between innovative contemporary art, design and media practice and their theoretical context.

Thank you again, and here is to another 20 years!


The Sir Misha Black Awards Committee gave the 2016 Award for Innovation in Design Education to AUB for its approach to design teaching. AUB received special recognition for TheGallery and for commissioning the first purpose built Drawing Studio in the UK for over 100 years.

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Curated by Violet M. McClean and Co-Curated by William Hernandez Abreu
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‘Cabinets of Curiosity’ within a Contemporary Context. Feature wall designed by Zaha Hadid Design.

Suddenly Last Summer 2018 is a curated selection of work from AUB’s 2018 graduating cohort. Showcasing over 100 artists, designers and makers, this is the biggest annual exhibition that TheGallery stages each year. Each Summer, we celebrate the achievements of over 1,300 students who embark on their professional careers and further studies.