Art & Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890 - 1950
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Charles Dudley Gaitskell

1908 - 1985

Canadian Society for Education Through Art (Founding President)
International Society for Education through Art (InSEA)

Charles Dudley Gaitskell was born in Kent, England.

In 1937 Gaitskell apparently curated an exhibition from schools in the Peace River region of BC, titled "Peace River Art Plan" - which ran from July 27 to August 4 1937 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

He exhibited his work in B.C. Artists annual exhibitions in 1942 and 1943. It was noted that the artist was living in Powell River at the time.

BC Vital Statistics provides information that Gaitskell married Kathleen Harte on March 16 1934.

A footnote in the 1954 Vancouver School Board publication "Elementary School Arts & Crafts" recommends the book "Children and Their Art" written by Gaitskell. A look for that book on Bookfinder turned up a number of other books apparently written or co-written by Gaitskell:
     Art & Crafts in Our Schools
     Art Education Through Adolescence
     Art Education for Slow Learners
     Art Education in the Kindergarten

A bit more internet research yielded the fact that Gaitskell was a Founding President of the Canadian Society for Education Through Art, and the Chairman of UNESCO's 1951 Bristol Seminar "which gave birth to the International Society for Education through Art." The former group has given the C.D. Gaitskell Memorial Address since 1987, starting the annual lecture series shortly after the artist died.

Clearly a lot more research could be done on this artist / author, the bits noted here are just the tip of an iceberg. He apparently lived in different places in Canada, may have written more books, and hopefully continued to be an artist.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18 VAG   B.C. Artists 11th Annual Spring Chinook, Peace River
West Coast Mission
West Coast Cannery
1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20 VAG   B.C. Artists 12th Annual Kathleen
Reward in March
1944 July 4 - Aug. 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Summer Reward in March

References

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
     1 reference to Gaitskell.

Clippings

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