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“Foundation Art is thriving” Saatchi Gallery ‘Art & Music’ magazine interviews Nick Juba and Sir John Sorrell

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Published date 08 April 2015

In the Spring edition of Art & Music magazine, Jamie Holman, the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course leader at Blackburn College poses the question:

‘If I were 20 years old in 2015, would I have the same freedom, opportunities and time to figure out what I wanted to study that I had back in 1994’.

Troubled by the uncertain future of arts education, Jamie reflects on his own experiences and talks to two influential individuals in arts education, Sir John Sorrell and UAL Awarding Body Director, Nick Juba.

Blackburn College addresses the issue of access to arts education in two ways, firstly by offering subsidised 7-day travel and secondly by offering free breakfast between 8:15 and 8:45 am, regardless of status.

Nick’s view on the current political climate is one where ‘Government policy around education for 14-19 year olds and adults lacks sensitivity’ but adds that despite this ‘Foundation Art is thriving’ and ‘funding for foundation for 16-19 year olds feels reasonably secure.’ Overall, the outlook is positive with around 8,000 students being awarded this qualification by UAL Awarding Body this year.

Sir John Sorrell perspective is that the future of arts education involves underpinning the current offering, giving young people the chance to engage with the creative industries from a young age, emphasizing the importance of Saturday Clubs: “We have to go back to school, right back to childhood and provide the opportunity for children to be involved in the arts, to be engaged and excited by them.” Continuing “we must influence kids at the point where they choose their options.”

Read the full article:

Jamie Holman – Don’t let your youth go to waste