The Working Artist / by Theresa Kneppers

Many of the artists in the Borough Group had to supplement their income by having various jobs alongside their artistic work. Cliff Holden worked as a designer and silkscreen printer,  Edna Mann, Miles Richmond, and Dorothy Mead all taught at various points throughout their lives. Mead also worked as an animator. 

Throughout the 1960's and 70's Dorothy Mead held teaching positions at Morley College and Goldsmiths College

At Morley College, she taught from 1963-65 and again from 1973-75. Under the title "Painting", her classes encouraged the use of different media but the focus was still on oil painting from life. 

She also worked on animation projects such as "Polygamous Polonius", directed by Bob Godfrey. The film is available to watch on the BFI platform

Godfrey's career as an animator spanned more than fifty years and counts several popular children's cartoons. 

He was nominated for the Academy Awards multiple times and won for the short animation film "Great" from 1975. 

 Dorothy Mead, photograph by Bryan Long, courtesy of Val and Bryan Long

Dorothy Mead, photograph by Bryan Long, courtesy of Val and Bryan Long