1938 - 2019

Stroud Cornock

John Stroud Cornock was born in mid-Surrey in June 1938, second of the two sons of Leslie Stroud Cornock (28 December 1904-29 October 1981), a bank cashier, and his wife Grace Ethel née Dovey (3 February 1907-8 January 1993), who married at Kingston, Surrey in 1930. On graduating from the Royal College of Art in the 60s he joined a team led by Roy Ascott, who was pioneering a radical novel approach to fine art studies in higher education at Ipswich School of Art. During that period, he established a studio in Camberwell and exhibited several large 'Minimal' sculptures. In 1971, when a teacher at Leicester Polytechnic, he exhibited several of his sculptures at the Nottingham Festival at the Midland Group Gallery. In 1989 Stroud oversaw refurbishment of the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) art collection, which now forms the nucleus of a national collection devoted to the history and achievements of fine art studies in higher education in the UK. He also served as the first curator of the art collection of the Open University. After holding senior posts with the (CNAA), Shroud retired, becoming an inspector with the British Accreditation Council (BAC) and providing a consultancy service in the higher education field. John Stroud Cornock died in London on 26 January 2019.