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17th September 2012, 1:56pm
Jaguar aircraft ‘rubbing’ takes centre stage at exhibition
Prof Ian Howard A life-sized ‘brass rubbing’ of a Jaguar aircraft stationed at RAF Cranwell is to go on display at the University of Lincoln’s Greestone Gallery.

Professor Ian Howard, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney will be showing work made in collaboration with the base in 2009.

Exhibiting his work nationally and internationally, Prof Howard is a practicing artist concentrating on the relationship between civilian and military cultures.

Since the early 1990s he has worked with artists and institutions in Vietnam and China including with Colonel Xing Junqin of the Peoples Liberation Army.

Prof Howard said: “I first undertook aircraft rubbings with the RAF in 1974 at Newton - an Avro Vulcan and Hawker Hunter, and at Henlow - a BAC Lightning. It was therefore fortuitous when Prof Norman Cherry, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of College of Arts at the University of Lincoln, who knew about my art work, met with officers from RAF Cranwell in 2009 and suggested we might progress a 'brass rubbing' of a SEPECAT Jaguar. From an artist's perspective, I believe it important that we acknowledge the role and significance of our military institutions and their 'hardware' and clearly the University of Lincoln recognises the value of local partnerships.”

The Jaguar and other works by Prof Howard will be on display as of Thursday 20th September and the exhibition will run until 15th October.

Prof Howard will be giving an illustrated talk about the Jaguar rubbing and other projects he has been involved with on Thursday 20th September from 11am to 1pm at the Tithe Barn Lecture Theatre in Greestone Building.

Paul Edwards, senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln’s School of Art and Design, said: “We are privileged to have the opportunity to show the work of Ian Howard at the Greestone Gallery, University of Lincoln. Ian has made work that explores the militarisation of our global society, often using a technique similar to brass rubbing. He has worked with Australian, British and American defence forces and has worked on the site of the Berlin wall and the Great Wall of China. In 1975 he made a life sized impression of the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.”

To see more of Prof Howard’s work go to

Greestone Gallery is open from 9am to 7pm and can be found off Lindum Hill in Lincoln.

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