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LU Arts symposium to discuss art education as part of the Arts Festival

This discussion, including artists, lecturers and institution representatives, will reflect on and celebrate the histories of art education and consider how they can be re-imagined in the current climate.

It will be held on Thursday 13 June, 10:30am-4:30pm in Martin Hall on the Loughborough campus.

Loughborough is a fitting place to host this discussion because of its own history of championing the arts. For example, the Handicrafts Unit where Edward Barnsley and Peter Waals originated the Design School and the University has strong links to Stewart Mason who highlighted the importance of creativity within education.

The symposium will open with a talk from the Chief Executive of Arts Council England, Darren Henley OBE. The discussion will then be divided into three themes: history into the future, institutions and creative pedagogies in context.

Dr Gillian Whitely, Professor Alison Yarrington, Professor Matthew Conford and Professor John Beck will begin the symposium with talks about the history of art education and its future. Artist, Emanuel Almborg, will also discuss his moving image-based art practice.

Following on from this Adam Sutherland from Grizedale Arts will talk about the Mechanics Institute, while Carolina Rito from Nottingham Contemporary will discuss the role of art education institutions. Elspeth Mitchell will also discuss her project Art School for Rebel Girls which looks at the Leeds-based arts organisation Pavilion.

The creative pedagogies section will open with a talk from by Professor Hilary Robinson, who will focus on the links between women, feminism and art schools. This will be followed by artist and lecturer Annie Davey and finished with a discussion on the art practice of Fay Nicolson.

Nick Slater from LU Arts said: “We have got a fantastic range of speakers for this event that will explore art education, past, present and future.

“We will hear different perspectives from academics, curators and artists who will all consider interesting educational histories that can inform and inspire new ways of working in the future.”

The symposium is aimed at art historians, educationalists, curators, artists and anyone interested in the future of art education.

Tickets are £5 and include lunch. Book you place here.

The Arts Festival is a celebration of the creative, visual and performing arts at the University, showcasing the talents of students and academics. Over the course of the festival there is an exciting programme of performances, workshops, exhibitions, screenings and talks to attend, with many of them free and open for all to attend.

For more information about the events taking place at Loughborough University’s Arts Festival, visit the dedicated website.

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