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The Female Gaze

A figurative painting by Paula Rego of a woman polishing a large black boot with a cat in the far right corner

Paula Rego The Policeman's Daughter 1987 Private Collection © Paula Rego

Explore the work of Paula Rego in this intensive course held across Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts

Join artist Sadie Murdoch for a practical course exploring how Paula Rego revolutionised the representation of women through a range of media. The course will consider ideas around 'the female gaze' and the connection between touch and seeing. The relationship between what is tangible and what is visible is a key part of both Rego and Murdoch's practice. This will be investigated through experimenting with collage, acrylic paint and ink. Alongside hands on activity, you can expect to engage in thought provoking discussion as together we think through the relevance and resonance of Rego's work for a new generation of practitioners today.

The course will start with a visit to the Paula Rego exhibition at Tate Britain on Monday 20 September, 17.00–19.00. The course is then divided into a choice of two sessions held at Chelsea College of Arts: Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 September, 10.00–16.00, or Thursday 23 and Friday 24 September, 10.00–16.00.

Some prior knowledge or experience of art is useful but not required.

In partnership with UAL Short Courses

Sadie Murdoch has an MA in Painting from Chelsea College of Arts and has studied at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the British School at Rome. Her solo exhibition SSS-MM, at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich (2016), was accompanied by her artist book Omnipulsepunslide. She is currently lecturer on the MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Please note we will share your full name and email address with University of Arts London (UAL) Short Courses for the purposes of facilitating the course. The purpose of this is to communicate with you with respect to the course and to organise campus access. If you have any concerns with respect to your personal data, please don’t hesitate to contact our Data Protection Officer at You can view our privacy notice for more information on how we process your personal data. You can also find out more information about how your personal data is managed by UAL.

Chelsea College of Arts

16 John Islip Street
London SW1P 4JU


23–24 September 2021

The course takes place on 23–24 September, 10.00–16.00 at Chelsea College of Arts

Choose 23 September when booking, your second session of the course will continue the following day

Includes a visit to Paula Rego at Tate Britain on Monday 20 September, 17.00–19.00



£120 Concessions

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