From the long list of Peter Kardia's ex-students 25 well-known artists have been invited to participate in an exhibition at the P3 gallery in March 2010, as a sort of potted retrospective of both their work and Peter's teaching. They are asked to show a piece of work from their student or graduation days, as well as a current piece, collectively providing a body of work that will show the range of British sculpture from the last 30 years. The book will act as a catalogue for the exhibition, but is also intended to work as a stand-alone production and extends a little further to include approx. 4 images per artist, including one from both degree show and current times.
Peter Kardia is widely recognised as a radical and influential teacher at both Saint Martins and the Royal College during the 60s and 70s, and his essay on how we should be approaching art and education will be central to the book. Hester Wesley has researched and written on Peter’s influence on art education and his teaching at Saint Martins and the Royal College, placing it into wider context of art education generally. The last essay will be by Malcolm Le Grice (art historian) on the influence of the art teacher and art schools in history on the artist. The introduction is by Roderick Coyne who is an artist and who also taught at Saint Martins for 10 years.
We would like to acknowledge here the help given to this project by the P3 Gallery at the University of Westminster who hosted the exhibition, and by Ambika and The Henry Moore Foundation who have assisted with funding. We would also like to thank Alison Stace at A&C Black who was responsible for commissioning this publication and for her sustained enthusiasm throughout the long production process and the painstaking care with which she has guided the book to its conclusion.We would like to thank too, Chloe Staines who as Research Assistant was responsible for the difficult task of securing all the material from the 28 artists involved and also to acknowledge the guidance and support offered by Susan Trangmar, Alison Wilding, Tom Porter and Clarrie Wallis. Thanks also to Gina Martin for her help in sourcing photos from the Frank Martin archive. Finally we would particularly like to thank the artists and essay writers for the quality of their contributions which have made this such a fascinating publication.