Gillian Anderson in London receiving her City Literary Institute Lifetime Fellowship Award.-January 26th, 2018.
Award-winning film, television, and theatre actress, Gillian Anderson OBE, received her City Lit Lifetime Fellowship Award from Chair of the Board of Governors Dame Moira Gibb. City Lit Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have shown a significant commitment to adult education in the United Kingdom and who have provided support and inspiration to City Lit and our students. Other City Lit Fellows include prominent politicians Sir Vince Cable and Nick Boles MP, Chief Executive of Thames Reach Jeremy Swain, mental health campaigner Ruby Wax OBE, and acclaimed authors Andrea Levy and Malorie Blackman OBE.
Gillian Anderson OBE said: “Before I visited City Lit in 2013, I had looked through what you do here and the lives you have helped transform, and on that first visit, it was such a privilege to hear just some of the stories of those impacted by such opportunity, I was overwhelmed. What an extraordinary gift to the community, and to this wonderful city.
I still applaud the hard work and dedication of those who come here as adults to try something new, follow a passion or embrace a second chance.
It’s a huge honour for me to receive this Lifetime Fellowship and to celebrate this phenomenal college and I remain so glad you exist for the community of London”.
Did the drama bring you happiness, Mrs. Anderson?
Gillian Anderson, Actress
By Rüdiger Sturm
On an early Sunday morning at the Berlin Regent Hotel, Gillian Anderson appears highly intense and larger than life, even if her size asserts the opposite, as she introduces the Historical drama ‘The Star of India’ (available from August 10 in the cinema).
But the 48-year-old remains self-deprecating and honest, as she gives an up-front account of her changing career, which has not been without its low points, even during times of great success.
You may remember actress Gillian Anderson as Agent Scully on The X-Files, but she and her friend, British journalist Jennifer Nadel, have been quite busy lately on a far different project. This week, their book, We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, hits bookstores, promising to be a practical guide to healing and activism. We sat down with the co-authors to talk about the evolution of their self-help book, their goals and their hope that women will commit to supporting and encouraging one another.
Taking its lead from French artists like Renoir and Monet, the American impressionist movement followed its own path which over a forty-year period reveals as much about America as a nation as it does about its art as a creative power-house. It’s a story closely tied to a love of gardens and a desire to preserve nature in a rapidly urbanizing nation. Travelling to studios, gardens and iconic locations throughout the United States, UK and France, this mesmerising film is a feast for the eyes.
In 1886, the French art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel brought a selection of his huge stock of impressionist paintings to New York, changing the course of art in America forever. American artists flocked to the French village of Giverny, home to the master impressionist Claude Monet, and cheered the French new wave: painting outdoors with a new found brilliance and vitality. As Europe recoiled against the work of Monet, Degas and Renoir, Americans embraced it and created their own style of impressionism.
The timing of Durand-Ruel’s transformative visit was perfect. As America steamed into the Industrial Age, urban reformers fought to create public parks and gardens: patches of beauty amid smokestacks and ash heaps. These gardens provided unlimited inspiration for artists and a never-ending oasis for the growing middle class, made up of increasingly independent women, who relished the writings of English horticulturalists Gertrude Jekyll and William Robinson. Meanwhile the rise of wide-circulation magazines cultivated the idea that gardening was a path to spiritual renewal amid industrial blight and the belief that artists should work in native landscapes.
As America made its epic move from a nation of farmers to a land of factories, the pioneering American Impressionists crafted a sumptuous visual language that told the story of an era.
The actress also discusses directing, coping with fear and playing powerful women
By Teresa Fitzherbert
28 February 2017
By Margarette Driscoll For You Magazine
Published: 19:02 EST, 25 February 2017
Who do you turn to when you’re struggling to cope? After counselling each other when the going got tough, Gillian Anderson and her close friend Jennifer Nadel have written a tried-and-tested ‘manual for life’ on the issues that affect us all