FLAG at Department 21: ‘On Art Education’
At Department 21’s MA show at the RCA on 25/6/2011, FLAG were invited to engage in a dialogue around the fate of the arts in higher education, ‘On Art Education’. In an informal discussion, led by Department 21’s Sophie Demay and Bethany Wells, questions arose such as what it means to exist and practice on the margins of an art institution?; what are the dissonant aspects between appropriate requirements for contemporary arts courses, and the academic and professional structures of those types of courses, structures which will now take precedence in the wake of recent changes to higher education?; and what are the challenges facing those who seek to provide critical voices, supplements or alternative modes to current paradigms of pedagogy and higher education?
Saturday 25 June
On Art Education
With RCA fees to double over the next five years, and with increasingly commercial language being used to describe the value of higher education, how should we articulate the value of art education?
With Christy Johnson (UCA Canterbury), Paul Taylor (Croydon University) and Flag (Chelsea College)
Organisers: Sophie Demay & Bethany Wells
Royal College of Art Department 21