Artists John Beck and Matthew Cornford in conversation with Dr Linzi Stauvers (Acting Artistic Director, Education, Ikon Gallery) discussing The Art School Project.
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John Beck and Matthew Cornford have set themselves an ambitious task of identifying, researching and documenting all of the art schools across the country. In The Art Schools of the West Midlands, they present a photographic survey of thirty-seven West Midlands art schools, or the sites upon which they stood, along with related archival material. A few are still in operation, many have been re-purposed and some have been abandoned or demolished.
The exhibition offers an opportunity to reflect on the changing nature of art education and the value of creativity and to consider what the future might hold for the development of creative minds in our schools, colleges and universities.