The Art Schools Project - In Conversation with John Beck and Matthew Cornford

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Loughborough College of Art building on Frederick Street, Loughborough taken in 2022

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Discussion, Talk

Artists John Beck and Matthew Cornford of The Art School Project will be joined in conversation by Jill Vincent and Jonathan Hale.

Artists John Beck and Matthew Cornford will discuss their long-term initiative, The Art School Project, and will be joined by Jill Vincent and Jonathan Hale who have been instrumental in the development of The Generator, a new arts space within Loughborough’s original art school building on Frederick Street.

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 Midlands exhibition, they present a photographic survey of the forty eight 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 in Martin Hall Gallery 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.

Jill Vincent and Jonathan Hale are part of a larger Community Interest Company who have, over a number of years, been working on the delivery of a long held vision to turn the former art school in Loughborough into a creative hub for the town with workspace, a café, a multi media arts space for live performance and a venue for exhibitions, events and celebrations. The space will open to the public in 2025.

This will be an opportunity to not only learn more about the interesting histories of art schools across the UK, but also to hear about the exciting future for Loughborough’s former art school building.

Visit The Generator Loughborough website

The talk will take place on the University campus. Room details will be emailed to attendees in advance. 


The room is on the first floor of Martin Hall. There is step free access into the building and a lift is located along the ground floor corridor. An accessible, gender neutral toilet is located on the ground floor. 

For more information about the venue, including photographs, view the access guide for Martin Hall on AccessAble.

If you have any specific access requirements, then please contact in advance of your visit and we will do our best to accommodate them.

Exhibition details

16 May to 28 June, 12-2pm (Monday-Friday)

The Art Schools of the Midlands event page

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