BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS  

Charles Dudley Gaitskell

1908 - 1985

Director of Art, Ontario Department of Education (1957)
Canadian Society for Education Through Art (Founding President)
International Society for Education through Art (InSEA)

Charles Dudley Gaitskell was born in Herne Bay, Kent, England. After his arrival in Canada, he lived in northern BC, and provided the image above for a 1936 pamphlet about the Peace River region.

BC Vital Statistics provides information that Gaitskell married Kathleen Isabel Eljean Harte on March 16 1934. His employment was noted as teacher and he was living in Pouce Coupe. She was also a teacher, living in Victoria.

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.

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, including:
     Art & Crafts in Our Schools
     Art Education Through Adolescence
     Art Education for Slow Learners
     Art Education in the Kindergarten

Gaitskell wrote an article titled "Art in Canadian Schools" that was published in Canadian Art magazine in 1957, and reportedly re-published in the Encyclopedia Canadiana that same year.

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

WHO'S WHO IN CANADIAN ART, November 1949

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

"This survey, written by the Director of Art of the Ontario Department of Education, will appear in the new Encyclopedia Canadiana, which is to be published this autumn."
   " ... It must not be assumed, however, that the art programme in Canadian public education is conducted primarly for the production of art forms. Rather, its main function, except perhaps in schools operated for purely technical education, is to contribute to the general education and development of young people. An improvement of taste, an added insight into other fields of learning, an increased emotional stability, a greater appreciation of the creative efforts of others, a development of initiative and an improvement in the general attitude in the classroom are among the benefits claimed as a result of contemporary art education in our schools. ... (continues)"
      From "Art in Canadian Schools", by C.D. Gaitskell
      Canadian Art magazine, Spring 1957, Vol. 14 No. 3

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