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A snapshot of 1994

In this year at Warwick:

  • Warwick launched Warwick Research Fellowships, a £10m scheme, entirely financed by the University, for some of the brightest young researchers in the UK and abroad.
  • The Science Park celebrated its 10th anniversary. By this time there were 60 companies on the site, providing 1,200 jobs.
  • The newly-refurbished Coventry Athletics Track at Westwood was formally re-opened.
  • The Arts Centre celebrated its 20th Birthday.

  • Doris Lessing, Povl Ahm, Julie Christie, Dr. the Hon David K P Li, Sir Aaron Klug and Sir Alastair Morton received Honorary Degrees.
  • Lord Attenborough visited the Arts Centre for a special showing of his new film Shadowlands.

  • The Philosopher Professor Edward Said delivered a lecture in the Arts Centre Conference Room entitled Afterword to Orientalism.

  • The Departments of Arts Education, Science Education, Education and the former Institute/Faculty Office amalgamated to form the Warwick Institute of Education. The Faculty of Educational Studies ceased to exist.

  • The Warwick Institute of Education became part of the Faculty of Social Studies along with Continuing Education and Physical Education. By this time, according to the University of Warwick Newsletter, it was “one of the largest centres in the UK for research on Initial Teacher Training and Continuing Professional Development.”

This etching is from a set of nine prints published in 1994 by the Byam Shaw School of Art to raise funds for its student scholarship and bursary fund. The participants generously donated their work and the portfolio was printed in an edition of eighty. The artists were asked to contribute an image reflecting one of the birds of London. The purpose was not to produce an ornithological record but to provide a unifying theme through which the individual temperaments and styles of this group of distinguished artists could be expressed.

The portfolio was purchased for the University by the Friends of the Mead.

Paula Rego's work is figurative, often drawing on childhood experience, nursery rhymes and legend to create narratives which are sinister and disturbing. They frequently suggest complex psychological tensions behind the apparently innocent interaction between the characters and animals she depicts. She has said that she paints in order "to give terror a face". Her choice of subject for this work and the character with which she imbues it, clearly reflect a typical Rego preoccupation.

And in the world:

  • The Channel Tunnel opened.
  • Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president.
  • Stephen Spielberg won his first directing Oscar for Schindler’s List.
  • New Sunday Trading Laws allows shops in Britain to open legally on Sundays.

  • The New UK Lottery Introduced with an estimated jackpot of £7m.


Crow | Paula Rego