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York Festival of Ideas
The career of York-based sculptor Austin Wright (1911–1997) is said to have been limited by his decision to live and work in the North of England rather than court favour in the South. One of his works, Dryad (1984), situated by Heslington Hall, will provide a focus for a discussion around the importance of place and the pull of the metropolis as defining factors in how artists develop their ideas and reputations.
Fiona FitzGerald BA MA PGCE trained in Art History at the Universities of Manchester and East Anglia. She then lectured at a variety of York Art College and Nairobi University, Kenya. While she raised a family she started an Art Department at the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, Kenya. On her return to England she has combined teaching Art History in Adult Education with developing a practice as a ceramicist.
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