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University of the Arts London: Chelsea College of Art and Design

SPENCER, Jean (1942-1998)


Reference code(s): GB 0000 Spencer

Held at: University of the Arts London: Chelsea College of Art and Design

Title: SPENCER, Jean (1942-1998)

Date(s): 1970-2002

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 120 35 mm slides; 3 folders of drawings; 2 sketchbooks; 15 photographs; 2 cards.

Name of creator(s): Spencer | Jean | 1942-1998 | artist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1942; educated bath Academy of Art, Corsham, 1960-1963; member of 'Systems' group of artists, 1968-1975; taught, Department of Art, Bulmersche College, Reading, 1969-1988, head of department, 1980-1988; member of 'arbeitskreis' international workshop for systematic constructive art, 1977-1998; member, Southern Arts Regional Arts Association Art Panel, 1981-1983; Tutor and Secretary, Slade School of Fine Art, 1988-; one-person exhibitions 1965-, including at London, Paris and Amsterdam; died 1998.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Jean Spencer, 1970-2002, comprising the Kleinsassen archive, 1986, consisting of schema, texts, plans, photographs and complete slide archive; Elephant Trust proposal and studies, 1987, including a folder of original drawings; studies for Kemi, comprising black and white photographs and line drawings; 2 sketchbooks of studies for reliefs; exhibition catalogues including Jean Spencer's work, 1972-1990; Study for Double Square Painting, 1992, (oil on linen); group exhibition catalogues, 1972-1990; "Countervail" exhibition publicity cards, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, 1992.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The papers are arranged as outlined in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

By written application to the Site Librarian, Manresa Road, London, SW3 6LS. Researchers from the London Institute may visit by appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is permitted, although copying of fragile material is at the discretion of the librarian

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

A list is available at Chelsea College of Art & Design Manresa Road Library.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated by the artist's estate via her sister in July 2001.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Personal papers including correspondence, academic and teaching notes, exhibition files are held by the Tate Gallery Archive, 1960-1977 (reference: TGA 2001/7).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2002

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