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Towards 50 at the Mead

As part of the celebrations of the University's 50th anniversary, the Mead Gallery will show an exhibition of the University's art collection during the summer term 2015.

The development of the collection reflects the changing values and context of the University itself and will be explored through chronological themes that include the utopian vision of the 1960s, building a community, the impact of new managerial structures, becoming an international institution and a new role in changing society.

We would like alumni to let us know of their experience and recollections of the art collection, preferably in approximately 250 words. This information will feed into the development of the exhibition and the book that goes alongside. We plan to publish 50 of these recollections in the book and others will be published on the website.

We are not looking for Damascene moments or unqualified enthusiasm ... rather memories, incidents, past and new understandings. In understanding our institution, we would like to know how its art environment affected you. In particular, we would love to hear from any founder members of the Koan Society and anyone who remembers the artworks that were bought by the Students Union in the late 1960s. Please email your contributions to by the end of June 2014.

Koan cartoon