“art schools”

Where are our art schools going?

At a time when European tertiary education is undergoing reform, French art schools make a claim to certain specificities. Between standardisation and identity, they need to evolve today while affirming their differences… So what’s the future of our public art schools?   Should public art schools be a place to train artists and citizens to experiment on their reflections? Or should they, above all, seek competitiveness on an international level? It all depends on your point of view… The standardisation of higher-education establishments in Europe, imposed by European ministers ever since the 1999 Bologna Process, using the university system as a basis, meets two major objectives: facilitating the mobility of students and promoting Europe’s renown internationally. But any harmonisation process requires adjustments that need to take into account the specificities of each player. This investigation aims to give a voice to those who contribute to reflection on French art schools: artists, teachers and directors of schools. What are the unique features of these art schools? How can the reform be tweaked so that it can be incorporated into these schools?   Learning to look at the world The first specificity of art schools resides in the content of their teaching. They teach students to take a different approach, to unlearn. “We teach a way of approaching the world, of creating an imaginary world, rather than technical knowledge,” explains artist Bruno Peinado. He describes his role as a teacher at the École Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne as the following: “Teaching students to look at the world and to create an imaginary realm from this impression. Teaching them to get rid of automatic responses and savoir-faire, in order to enrich their vocabulary. It’s a school for unlearning before recommitting to something else which would be based on the singularity of...

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Pioneer Works: the first fair for art schools

Pioneer Works, in Brooklyn, New York, is organising the first edition of the Alternative Art School Fair, from 18 to 20 November on the foundation’s premises. The fair aims to present 50 experimental art schools from eleven countries — and at no charge, unlike the case at other fairs. To participate, schools need to present artists offering works that use new techniques to create so-called “hybrid” art. Stands will be set up to be interactive, and will be designed by the various...

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The Catlin Guide 2014 highlights emerging talent

London, 9 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Catlin Guide 2014 has been published, detailing the 40 most promising graduate artists in the United Kingdom. Distributed annually throughout the art world, The Catlin Guide can provide a vital springboard for these emerging artists. The shortlisted graduates are selected for their work shown in their BA, MA, MFA or PG Dip final exhibitions. The list is as follows: Pio Abad (Royal Academy Schools, PG Dip Fine Art) Alex Ball (Slade School of Fine Art, MA Painting) Philip Booth (Camberwell College of Arts, BA (Hons) Painting) Lydia Brain (Wimbledon College of Arts, BA (Hons) Fine Art: Print & Time Based Media) Shih Hsiung Chou (Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, BA (Hons) Fine Art) Hans K Clausen (Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) Sculpture) Chris Cooper (London College of Communication, BA (Hons) Interaction & Moving Image) Rosie Farrell (Chelsea College of Art and Design, MA Fine Art) Nicolas Feldmeyer (Slade School of Fine Art, MFA Fine Art) Virgílio Ferreira (University of Brighton, MA Photography) Andrew Gannon (Edinburgh College of Art, MFA Contemporary Fine Art Practice) Deme Georghiou (University for the Creative Arts at Farnham, BA (Hons) Fine Art) Elizabeth Gossling (Royal College of Art, MA Printmaking) Micah Harbon (Goldsmiths, BA (Hons) Art Practice) Hyojun Hyun (The Glasgow School of Art, MFA Fine Art) Alzbeta Jaresova (Camberwell College of Arts, MA Visual Arts (Fine Art)) Chloe Leaper (City & Guilds of London Art School, MA Fine Art) Geoff Diego Litherland (Goldsmiths, MFA Fine Art) Hannah Lyons (Goldsmiths, BA (Hons) Art Practice) Hollie Mackenzie (Arts University College at Bournemouth, BA (Hons) Fine Art) CJ Mahony (Camberwell College of Arts, MA Visual Arts (Fine Art)) Alex Millar (The Glasgow School of Art, BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting and Printmaking) Theresa Moerman...

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Painting an uncertain picture for 2014: art education in the UK

United Kingdom, 9 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). Art education in the United Kingdom suffered a number of blows in 2013, according to a report published in The Guardian. According to UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), 17% fewer students applied to study art at university in 2012 than in 2011, a figure that remained relatively stable in 2013. The decrease in applicants comes at a time when arts education in Britain has been hit by fee increases and cuts in government funding. The funding cuts have also directly affected teaching budgets, with 13% pay cuts in effect. The financial impact of these combined factors has led to fears that only more affluent sections of society will be able to afford art school. The artist Bob and Roberta Smith has got involved in the issue, organising the Art Party Conference in Scarborough on 23 November 2013 to rally people to fight government policy. Georgia Dennison, a student at Wimbledon College of Art interviewed in The Guardian’s report, had a positive outlook, stating that the threats have led to “inspiring and progressive debates about what art education really should be...

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CalArts honours John Baldessari with its new building

Los Angeles, 3 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). California Institute of Arts (CalArts) School of Art has announced that its new artists’ studios building is to be named in honour of the artist, alumnus and faculty member John Baldessari. Baldessari studied at the institution when it was the Chouinard Art Institute, before Walt and Roy Disney combined it with the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music to form CalArts in 1961. Since then, the institute has produced a number of influential artists and has provided a unique arts education to more than 15,000 students. An innovation of the establishment is the access that they provide to private studio space and financial aid for students, which fosters their creative freedom. In order to fund the new John Baldessari Art Studio Building as well as to secure future financial assistance for students, a sale of artworks by alumni is to take place between 5 and 19 April 2014 at Paula Cooper Gallery and Metro Pictures in New York. Additionally, on May 13, 2014, Christie’s is to auction works by more than 20 artists including John Baldessari, Walead Beshty, Vija Celmins, Matt Mullican, Catherine Opie, Tony Oursler, Ed Ruscha, Carrie Mae Weems and James Welling. The sales are expected to fetch around $5 million in...

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