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From Ruskin to Nietzsche: Michael Sadler and the Leeds Arts Club, with author and academic Tom Steele

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03/06/2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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When he arrived in Leeds to become Vice Chancellor in 1911, Michael Sadler was probably the leading educationalist in Britain bringing with him one of the largest and most progressive private collections of contemporary paintings of any British collector. His art collection and charisma attracted the challenging art critic, Frank Rutter, to the post of Director of Leeds Art Gallery and together they turned the Leeds Arts Club into the foremost provincial centre for the promotion and practice of post-impressionist painting and theory. Were the educationalist and the arts patron at one with each other? Tom’s talk reveals that the patron was also the educator and that the educationalist was trying to revolutionise the local and national culture.

Tom Steele is Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. He has published widely on adult education and modern British and European cultural history. His books include: Alfred Orage and the Leeds Arts Club, Scolar Press (1990, reprinted 2009); His latest book, with Richard Taylor, is British Labour and Higher Education 1945-2000: Ideology, Policy and Practice, London, Continuum, (2010). Though now retired, he is still working on aspects of Alfred Orage, Herbert Read and their circles in Leeds and London as well as histories of political and artistic radicalism in Leeds.


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