The History of Collage : art lecture by Nick Pearson

Nick Pearson

20 Mar

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD


Class details

Join us for a fascinating talk on the history of Collage. Collage takes the ephemeral stuff of the real world and re-purposes it in artworks in various ways. We use it in colour, texture, poetic and humorous images and revolutionary messages.

Monday 20 March

10am – 12pm

Fee : £10 per person includes light refreshments

We can trace the origins of collage back hundreds of years. During this lecture Nick explores the development of collage. It originated as an art form in 1912, in the early days of Cubism. We’ll trace its development through Dada and Surrealism and various other important art movements of the 20th century.

Collage and its close relations, photomontage and assemblage became a hugely democratic 20th century art form. Anyone can take it up; you don’t need actual drawing skills and only need basic equipment like scissors, glue and old magazines. In fact, after this lecture, you may want to try collage yourself!

After the lecture Nick sends you notes on the history of collage and works of art that you’ve seen during the talk.


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 20 Mar -
Monday 10:00 am
Fees: £10

About the tutor

Nick Pearson

Nick is an internationally exhibited artist and an enthusiastic lecturer. He has a passion for art of all period and teaches at various levels in schools, colleges, universities and adult learning centres; including

  • London College of Contemporary Art
  • Richmond Art School
  • OPEN Ealing
  • University of Oxford
  • Northampton University
  • Bradford College of Art

His artistic practice encompasses sculpture, drawing and photographic work. He creates large, wall-based works which explore formal relationships through shape and colour, often with a kind of abstract visual humour – but as in all collage, each constituent part has its own history and poetic meaning. Nick uses everyday objects in his artwork which he has often found or which have been discarded.

For more information on his work and exhibitions visit his website:

To book special, private tours (for birthdays, corporate events, etc) please email him:

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