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April 2015 Video Space

Sylvia Sleigh: At The Turkish Bath (detail), 1976

Sylvia Sleigh: At The Turkish Bath (detail), 1976

Sylvia Sleigh: At The Turkish Bath (detail), 1976

Sylvia Sleigh: Short interviews 

1 - 30 April 2015


This month’s video space programme brings together a series of short interviews with the late artist Sylvia Sleigh (1916-2010), a key influence on our current exhibitor Ellen Altfest.  

Born in 1916, Sylvia Sleigh grew up in Hove and was a student at the Brighton School of Art. When she died in New York in 2010, she had been honoured with the announcement of a Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011 by Women’s Caucus for Art and had received the 2008 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement by the College Art Association.


Her most celebrated work began to emerge around 1970 when, motivated by feminist art principles, she produced a series of paintings which featured male nudes alluding directly to canonical female nudes, for example those of Ingres, Titian and Velázquez.


  • Sylvia Sleigh on Portraits 
  • Sylvia Sleigh on Equality 
  • Sylvia Sleigh on her work The Turkish Bath (1973)

    Screened with the kind permission of The Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago.



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