Turncoats Debate: Art school is dead

21 Jun, 20:00 – 23:00

The Glue Factory, 22 Farnell Street, G4 9SE
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Creativity is what makes us human. Learning how to be creative = big business. It’s time to cash in for art schools.

As education becomes the product, the objectives of HE institutions have silently shifted – to focus on business growth, efficiency and remaining competitive in the open marketplace of higher education.

Arts education is a process enhanced through generosity, experimentation and critique – fundamentally underpinned by the relationship between creativity and the taking of risks. This is at direct odds with the business model it exists within.

Is it time for new models of arts education to emerge?

Speakers on the night:

Prof. Ken Neil, Deputy Director, Glasgow School of Art
Ken has taught at Edinburgh College of Art, Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, Gray’s School of Art and is now  Deputy Director (Academic) at the Glasgow School of Art. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts.

Lewis Prosser, School of the Damned
Lewis is a performer and curator with his work steming from a deep interest in the politics of entertainment and the uses of spectacle in systems of education. He is also a Student and Academic Advisor on the alternative MFA programme, The School Of The Damned which is a year-long alternative art course directed by its students.

Ethel Baraona Pohl & César Reyes Nájera, dpr-barcelona
dpr-barcelona is an architectural research practice based in Barcelona, dealing with three main lines: publishing, criticism and curating. Their work transcend the boundaries of conventional publications exploring the limits between printed matters and new media, transforming traditional publishing practice into a live exchange of knowledge. Their [net]work is a real hub linking multiple actors on architecture and theory.

Plus more to be announced


Chaired by Ambrose Gillick, BAXENDALE


About Turncoats:

Turncoats is a debate format that invites four speakers to debate each side of an intentionally polemic motion. It creates an atmosphere that is both playful and provocative. It allows and encourages audience and panel to speak candidly and polemically without fear of offending. The coup is to have a liberating enjoyable evening while confronting critical subjects head on with gusto and vigor. Like a film, each event splits into three acts each with their own energy.



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