The Conference

The 'What's The Point Of Art School?' conference was an involving, thought-provoking day. Here's your chance to catch up.


Nigel Carrington, Vice Chancellor University of the Arts London

Opening Speech

Kim Howells, Alumnus Hornsey School of Art, MP Pontypridd (1989 – 2010), Minister for the British Labour Party (1997 – 2008)

Utilitarianism and the Art School in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Dr Malcolm Quinn, Associate Dean of Research, Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Art

Panel Discussion: Institutional Elitism – Access to Art & Design Education


  • Shelly Asquith, President-Elect of the Student Union, University of the Arts London
  • Jess Draper, PhD Student, The Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art
  • Neil Griffiths, Founder, Arts Emergency
  • Aisha Richards, Founder, Shades of Noir, University of the Arts London
  • Chair: Osei Bonsu, Student, BA Criticism, Communication and Curation: Arts and Design

In Conversation - Johnny Vegas in conversation with Suzanne Moore

  • Johnny Vegas, Actor, comedian and director
  • Suzanne Moore, Writer and award-winning columnist for The Guardian

Panel Discussion: What’s The Point Of Art School?


  • Professor Ute Meta Bauer, Dean of Fine Art, Royal College of Art
  • Natasha Chetiyawardana, Creative Partner & Founder, Bow & Arrow
  • Bob and Roberta Smith, Artist
  • Sally Tallant, Artistic Director & CEO, Liverpool Biennial
  • Chair: Suzanne Moore

Closing Speech

Professor Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts London