This conference marked the end of ‘Art School Educated’, a five-year research project investigating the impact of art education on artistic production from the 1960s to the present day and its relationship to the wider themes of education, culture and society. The project identified the decisive curriculum reforms of the major London art schools and asked how the curricula that were adopted relate to the output of the artists whose work is represented in Tate’s collection.
At this two-day conference, the Art School Educated team reflected on their findings with invited speakers.
Nigel Llewellyn and Lucy Howarth introduced the conference with ‘Structures: History and Architecture’, followed by the first session, a panel led by Alex Massouras on ‘Art School Education and the Image of the Artist’. Papers were presented by Andrew Brighton, Antony Donaldson, Alex Massouras and Jennie Syson.
Opening the second day, Hester Westley led the second panel on the theme of ‘Drawing and the Life Room’, with papers by Kelly Chorpening, Eleanor Crook, Eileen Hogan, Anita Taylor and Hester Westley.
The third panel ‘The Changing Curriculum’ was led by Beth Williamson and Elena Crippa who presented papers alongside Kate Aspinall, Richard Yeomans and Hilary Robinson.
Victoria Walsh led the fourth and final panel on ‘Structural Dilemmas: Art Schools and the FE/HE System’ and presented a paper alongside Juan Cruz and Bruce Brown.