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Generation ART: Why art matters

Monday 9 January 2017
11:00am - 3:00pm


One Day Seminar/Conference


Free, booking essential


Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour and the British Art Show 8 (BAS8) at John Hansard Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery present: Generation ART: Why art matters

Second of two symposia exploring ideas and case studies from the Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour project.

Art, craft and design as subject areas are under increasing pressure in England. Austerity measures are impacting on the resources schools can offer to support the visual arts on the curriculum and related creative activities.

Government education policies in England are focusing increasingly on maths, English and STEM subjects, with the mistaken assumption that art and design cannot contribute to these. Visits to galleries are diminishing, lesson time for visual art, craft and design is being reduced, as are opportunities for children and young people to work directly with professional artists, makers and designers.

This is despite the fact that the creative industries are currently the fastest growing area of the UK economy, now exceeding 1.9 million jobs. For schools and educators operating in this challenging context, it can be hard to justify and validate the impact of visual art, craft and design education both within and outside school.

The Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour project was developed as a response to these concerns, and the delivery of the project in 2015 and 2016 with venue partners at Turner Contemporary, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Soft Touch Arts and the Spark Arts for Children, Leicester and Quay Arts, Isle of Wight enabled people of all ages and experience to debate these questions.

For this second sharing event, we will explore the potential and value of national touring projects and their impact as places of education and inspiration for children and young people.

The day will also provide a final opportunity to explore BAS8, before it closes on Saturday 15 January 2017.

Lunch, refreshments also provided.

Key questions

The symposium will explore:

• National touring projects and partnerships as spaces for education and learning

• The potential of art, artists and educators as positive change makers

• Children and young people: why is visual arts education important?

• Power of collaborating: galleries, arts organisations, schools

Who is it for?

Teachers, artists, artist educators, arts, museum, youth and community organisations, local authority officers, students and anyone interested in supporting children and young people to make art and develop skills as arts professionals.

Contributors will include:  

Natalie Walton, National Coordinator for BAS8

Ronda Gowland-Pryde, Head of Education at the John Hansard Gallery

Artswork (Bridge Organisation for the South East)

Artists, colleagues and young people involved in Generation ART at Turner Contemporary, Margate and Quay Arts, Isle of Wight.

Chair: Jane Sillis, Director of engage, the National Association for Gallery Education and a trustee of the Institute of International Visual Arts.  

Fee: FREE (booking essential)

Suitable for: 14+ Ticket required 


Delivery Venue


John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, University Road, Southampton SO17 1BJ

How to get to John Hansard Gallery: http://www.hansardgallery.org.uk/visit/

Afternoon: Southampton City Gallery, Civic Centre, Commercial Rd, Southampton SO14 7LY

How to get to Southampton City Gallery: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/libraries-museums/art-gallery/visitor-info.aspx

Booking Info

To book your free place, please download the booking form below and return your completed form to: engage, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

Email: info@engage.org

Fax: +44 (0)20 7739 3688  

Download the booking form in Word format.

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Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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