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23.05.18, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Robert Lenkiewicz & Post-War British Art

 Robert Lenkiewicz reading in the art library at his Barbican studio, 1991. Photo: Dominic Burd.

Join us in the Studio Theatre for Robert Lenkiewicz and Post-War British Art, a public lecture by The Lenkiewicz Foundation, discussing Robert as an artist and his legacy.

The event will commence promptly at 5.30pm on Wednesday 23 May in the Studio Theatre at Plymouth College of Art, and marks the generous donation from the Lenkiewicz Foundation of approximately 3,500 books from Robert Lenkiewicz's personal collection. This collection of books old and new are on long term loan to the college for the next five years and will reside in the silent study section of the Plymouth College of Art library.

The lecture will be followed by a complimentary drinks reception in the newly-designated Robert Lenkiewicz Room, giving you the opportunity to view the collection.

'Robert Lenkiewicz (1941–2002) worked within ‘Projects’: large-scale exhibitions of paintings and research notes related to sociological issues. His themes – vagrancy, mental handicap, old age, suicide, death – sought to illuminate the lives of those he called “the invisible people”. In other Projects –- with themes of falling in love, jealousy, orgasm, and obsessive attraction – Lenkiewicz looked at “addictive behaviour” of various kinds. Observing that intense attractions tended to make fanatics of us all, he concluded that the origins of obsessional relationships and fanatical belief systems shared a physiological cause.' (The Lenkiewicz Foundation)

We are grateful to The Lenkiewicz Foundation for the generous donation of this collection of books, which will form part of the College’s study collection for all our students and staff to enjoy and research.

To confirm your attendance to both the Studio Theatre talk and room opening please register here on Eventbrite, or for more information contact

  • Talk
  • Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, PL4 8AT
  • Free