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Should We Teach Art?

Image by Lucy Bimingham at Freeloads Gallery

Should We Teach Art?

29 May, 18:00 – 20:30

I've been organising with the Freelands Foundation Gallery a debate this week. Do come, it is timely and very important in our present climate which devalues art across the board. I can confirm the panelist are:

Munira Mizra

Currently the Executive Director for Culture at Kings College London, Munira Mirza’s eighteen-year career has spanned arts, academia, politics and media. As Deputy Mayor for Culture and Education in London (2008 – 2016), she led City Hall’s cultural planning for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and initiated a broad range of programmes. Prior to City Hall, she worked within a diverse range of arts and charitable organisations including Tate, Policy Exchange and the Royal Society of Arts.

Juan Bolivar

Juan Bolivar is an artist and curator. His paintings negotiate the tension between meaning and form. As an independent curator he has worked on over 40 exhibitions with a focus on inclusivity, multidisciplinary practice and polysemic cultural dialogues. Juan also leads the BA Painting course at Camberwell College of Arts (UAL) and also worked on the launch of Turps Gallery, part of alternative art school Turps Art School.

Michele Gregson

Michele is General Secretary of NSEAD. The National Society for Education in Art and Design is the leading national authority concerned with art, craft and design across all phases of education in the United Kingdom. Michele is an education and arts specialist with long and varied experience of working with children and young people and the adults who support them. The principle that connects all of her work is a vision of ‘enabling environments’ where people of all ages can fully participate and lead positive change. As a former local authority Curriculum Adviser and Secondary Art & Design teacher, Michele brings a good knowledge of inspection requirements, school improvement and curriculum design.

See the evening details below:

Freelands Foundation will be hosting an evening of conversations that will reflect on the last four years of our partnership with the Institute of Education and examine the question ‘Should we teach art?’ Beginning with an opportunity to view our current exhibition Resist – Things Artists Do Whilst Learning to Teach, which shows the work of the 26 artist teachers that are part of the project, guests will be invited to submit questions and be part of an open discussion with our three panellists. The panellists, chaired by Andy Ash, will present their response to the question ‘Should we teach art?’. 18:00: An opportunity to view our current exhibition; complimentary drinks will be served

18:30: Discussion begins Book your free ticket here via Eventbrite. Please note that spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Freelands Foundation, 113 Regent's Park Road, London, NW1 8UR Nearest Underground – Chalk Farm

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