What Happened to the Arts Schools?

  • By Politeia
  • September 14, 2018
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What Happened to the Arts Schools?

Jacob Willer, Artist and writer on art.
John Wonnacott Hon. RP, CBE, Artist.
Timothy Hyman RA, Artist and writer on art.
Richard Wentworth CBE, Former Master, the Ruskin School of Art
Dr Sheila Lawlor, Director, Politeia
Chairing: Sir Charles Saumarez Smith CBE, Secretary and Chief Executive, the Royal Academy, former Director, the National Gallery

The Lecture Hall, the British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
Monday 8th October, 6.30 – 7.45pm
During the last half-century, there have been fundamental changes, largely unnoticed by the outside world, in the nature and purpose of the art schools. Technical skills in painting and, especially, drawing, have been downgraded; the traditional methods of teaching those skills have been largely abandoned. Jacob Willer’s new study, What Happened to the Arts Schools, explores these changes.

Politeia and The Charles Douglas-Home Memorial Trust invite you to a panel discussion to mark its publication. The speakers will consider such questions as: –

  • What are the aims and consequences of the changes in the arts schools?
  • Have these changes been beneficial?
  • Are there benefits in restoring the teaching of traditional skills?
  • How can the teaching of traditional skills be restored?

The event will take place on Monday 8 October. The event will be between 6.45 – 7.45pm, followed on by a drinks reception from 7.45 – 8.30 pm. If you would like to attend, please respond to this e-mail by writing to press@politeia.co.uk, and we shall put you on the list.