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 this exhibition 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.
A dedicated Instagram account has been created for the project by the artists: @theartschoolproject
Interview with John Beck & Matthew Cornford
Recording of In Conversation event held in March 2023
Thursday 16 February 2023, 6 – 8pm. Free, all welcome.
Saturday 25 March 2023, 2-4pm. Free.
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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