A female art student called Rosemary Young created this bronze Bull in 1951 and won the prestigious Slade Sculpture Prize. However, following graduation she largely gave up her own work to focus on casting and producing her tutor Reg Butler’s work, eventually becoming his second wife.
Young describes how few of her female peers from the 1950s at the Slade became successful artists, and reflects on how difficult it was for women to reconcile the ‘feminine role’ with being a famous artist:
“(To become a famous female artist at the time) you had to be a very very extraordinary person […]it was almost as if, not through any fault of his, he (Butler) just sucked it away, he drew it out, drew all your energy away from creativity, into being part of a partnership”. (Butler, 1999)
You can find out more about ‘The Bull’, held by the UCL Art Museum, here.
Create a challenge inspired by The Bull
Your challenge must:
1. Be possible to do over zoom, as part of the next live social on 24th February.
2. Be possible to complete in maximum 5 minutes.
3. Be related to/inspired by this exhibit.
4. Be legal/in good taste/good fun!
The winning challenge will make up part of the Opening Social on 24th February; the team whose challenge is chosen will win a Mystery Item, and the winner of the challenge at the social will win The Bull.
HOW TO WIN?
Best ‘The Bull’-inspired challenge wins.
HOW TO SUBMIT?
Email Incognito Society Officer Maryam with your team’s list – and make sure to give your team’s name so she can track points! All submissions must be in by 4pm UK time on Monday 22nd February.
If you’d like to, you can share your list on social media using #incognitobull