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    Art education examined at Institute of Contemporary Arts

    02/04/2014
    Leading Middlesex University academics explored the current art school experience at a unique event co-curated with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).

    Leading Middlesex University academics explored the current art school experience at a unique event co-curated with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).

    The event, held on 29 March at the ICA on The Mall in central London, featured presentations from professors from the School of Art and Design including Rebecca Fortnum, Hilary Robinson, Sonia Boyce, Jon Bird, Nicholas Mirzeoff and Loraine Leeson.

    PhD student Lucy Bayley also curated a display from the Hornsey College of Art archive, an iconic art institution which later became part of Middlesex University.

    The symposium, 'Just What Is It That Makes Today's Art Schools So Different, So Appealing?' re-examined the challenges to art education first raised in the 1960s by student protests at the Hornsey College of Art.

    Hornsey was renowned for its experimental and progressive approach to art and design education, but achieved notoriety in May 1968 due to large scale student protests calling for a major consultative review of the art curriculum and the teaching methods of art education in Britain.

    Rebecca Fortnum, Professor of Fine Art who co-curated and spoke at the event said: "The symposium puts Middlesex researchers and tutors at the forefront of current debates about art and design education in Higher Education in the UK and beyond."

    Students also responded to the thematics of the symposium through a number of films made by current BA and MA Fine Art students studying different courses at universities throughout the UK.

    Amanda Sleet, course leader for MA Graphics developed posters for the event, with Professor Anne Massey advising on the symposium's development.

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