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Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Art Schools So Different, So Appealing?

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26 March 2014

Art School Symposium

Image Courtesy Middlesex University Archive

Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Art Schools So Different, So Appealing?

Saturday 29 March, 10am

Venue: Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

£12 / £10 Concessions / £8 ICA Members / £5 ICA Student Members

Situating current art schools within the context of an historical legacy of self-organised, experimental and alternative education models, this symposium aims to interrogate the content of art and design education today.

The day will explore current concerns around the desire of students to learn ‘skills’ as well as the role of the tutor who is no longer the expert. It will examine the art school as a community of ideas and resistance as well as how the institution develops ‘officially’ and ‘unofficially’. In a discourse dominated by models, this symposium will ask; can art and design be taught? And if so, how? What is the current art school experience and what could it be?

There will also be an opportunity to view a series of short films made by current students from UK art schools which respond directly to the themes of the day.

Speakers include; Lucy Rose Bayley, Prof. Jon Bird, Prof. Sonia Boyce, Maurice Carlin, Kelly Chorpening, Dr. Elena Crippa, Emma Cocker, David Cross, Ian Dawson, Emily Druiff, Anna Harding, Anna Hart, Dr. Nicholas Houghton, Timothy Ivison, Maria Lisogorskaya, Dr. Loraine Leeson, Andrew McGettigan, Louisa Minkin, Prof. Nicholas Mirzoeff, Prof. Lucy Renton, Dr. Hilary Robinson, Harriet Warden, Martin Westwood and Laura White.

For further information, the symposium schedule and to book tickets please visit the ICA website

In partnership with Middlesex University, London