Talking Point

Why study art?

Watch major cultural figures talk about why an arts education is important

We asked leading artists, actors, filmmakers, architects and choreographers why art should be on the curriculum. Watch their responses.

In October 2018, a landmark research project commissioned by Arts Council England – and involving schools and teachers who work with either the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) or Tate – outlined the overwhelmingly positive benefits of arts and cultural education on the lives of young people.

The research, 'Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement (TALE)', undertaken by the School of Education at the University of Nottingham, has led to calls for urgent change, as thousands of young people and teachers express concern over the impact that declining arts and cultural provision in schools will have on future generations.

Featuring: David Hockney, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Michael Craig-Martin, Catherine Opie, Cate Blanchett, Anne-Marie Imafidon, Cornelia Parker, Wolfgang Tillmans, Amanda Levete, Tania Bruguera, Bob and Roberta Smith, Michael Clark, Jacqueline Wilson, Alan Parker and Jeremy Deller.

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Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement

September 2015 – April 2018

Investigating the direct impact of arts and cultural experiences on teachers of secondary education, and ...