16th July 1999




The Tate Gallery has archived a dissertation by a Hull graduate who told the life story of her Jewish refugee husband who became an artist during World War Two.


Sixty-nine-year-old Doreen Midgley will graduate from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside with a BA (Hons) Fine Arts degree next week. The dissertation traces the life of her late husband Peter who spent a period in a camp on the Isle of Man where he was influenced by many prominent artists.


The gallery has included Doreen’s dissertation in a special archive charting the lives of immigrant artists who came to Britain earlier this century.


Tate Gallery curator Adrian Glew told Doreen the dissertation would make a wonderful addition to their documents on the Isle of Man camp and other archives about immigrant artists.


Peter Midgley went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London, then won a scholarship to visit Italy where he studied the famous frescos, something he integrated into his own work over the years.


The couple met after the war at Beckenham Art College in Kent where Doreen herself developed a life-long passion for art.


Peter later taught at the Ravensbourne College of Art in Kent but the couple also travelled a great deal over the many years of their marriage.


Following Peter’s death in 1991, Doreen moved up to Hull to start a new life and be near her son, and she now lives at Pearson Park.


Doreen’s painting theme for the degree show in June was Images for Human Rights comprising portraits of refugees and prisoners of conscience in monochrome grey.


“I met some wonderful people on the course and am looking forward to continuing my studies in September,” said Doreen, who has been accepted on the MA Fine Arts programme.


She will graduate at Hull City Hall on 21st July at 2.15pm.


Sam Hendley, Press Officer. Tel: 01522 886244.