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German artist to donate further work to University

4 November 09


Artist Jockel Reisner will donate a piece of art work to the Peace Studies department at the University of Bradford on Thursday, 5 November, 2009.

The artwork will be the third piece of work brought to the University from Jockel Reisner.  Earlier this year he donated two stunning woodcuts to Peace Studies on themes common to the work of the department and the artist.  Jockel has been visiting Bradford every year since a teenager, from twin town, Hamm, Germany. The prominent artist who designed the Bradford Fire Disaster Memorial in 1985 recently held his retrospective at Cartwright Hall. Bronzes, woodcuts and etchings created by Jockel reflect his concerns with conflict and the individual.

Jockel will be joined by his wife, Joyce, who grew up in Wilsden, near Bradford, and met Jockel on an exchange visit to Hamm when she was 15. They married ten years later. Joyce was deeply saddened by the fire at the city football ground and took the idea back to Germany of giving a memorial gift to Bradford after the disaster and the sculpture in centenary square was donated as gift from the people of Hamm to Bradford.

Head of the Peace Studies department, Davina Miller, said: "Jockel has donated these works to Peace Studies because of his affinities with both the city and the work of the department. Peace Studies has always been an inter-disciplinary department and has recently been developing stronger links with the arts in teaching, research and outreach. The department is deeply honoured by this gift."

4 November 09

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