Reflections on the Art School

Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain Friday 8 July, 10:00 - 17:00

As the continuing crisis in art education remains in the foreground of debates around art, the groundswell of interest in such discussions shows no signs of lessening in its significance. ‘Reflections on the Art School’ seeks to engage with those debates, present recent research and provide a space for reflection.

The Art School Educated Research team invite you to join them for a full day of papers and discussions with artists, academics and museum professionals. This conference will explore the wider dimensions of art education in Britain and elsewhere. Bringing together scholars from Scotland, England and Sweden, the conference has a particular focus on developments post-1960.

Papers will address questions of theory and practice, curriculum reform, agency, the educational turn, gender, and the social value of art education. Speakers at ‘Reflections of the Art School’ include:

Marta Edling (University of Uppsala)
‘Art, career and gender. The career pathways of male and female artists and the recruitment of Professors at the Swedish Fine Art Colleges 1945-2000’

Alice Strickland (Independent Art Historian)
‘A Slade Education: Paula Rego, Maggi Hambling and Ana Maria Pacheco’s Art Education during Sir William Coldstream’s Tenure as Slade Professor 1949-1975’

David Hulks (University of East Anglia)
‘Going with Change: The Impact of Curriculum Reform at St. Martin’s School of Art’

John Beck (Newcastle University) and Matthew Cornford (University of Brighton)
‘The Lost World of Provincial British Art School’

Monica Ross and Anne Tallentire (Central St. Martins)
‘Critical Fine Art Practice 1990-1998’

Christine Turner (Liverpool John Moores University)
‘Life Drawing Remastered: Surmounting Difficulties for the Academic Artist’

Katrine Hjelde with Kiki Claxton, Hannah Clay, Mario D’Agostino and Michaela Ross (Chelsea College of Art and Design)
‘Turning Educational - The Educational Turn and the Art School’

Catherine Kilpatrick (Edinburgh College of Art) Twenty Years at Edinburgh College of Art: Structure, Agency and Values in the Postmodern Art School Stephen Farthing (University of the Arts London)

‘Museum Rome:  The Curriculum and the Art School’

Please note that places are strictly limited. If you wish to attend, please contact Tate box office on 020 7887 8888 between 9:45am - 6pm.


David Hulks

Many thanks Beth for this fascinating conference and for all your efforts with ASE. There is so much potential in this research, I do hope I can continue to be involved. Best wishes.