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Re: Goldsmiths, But is it Art?, BBC4

From: CAP
Date: 14 Jul 2010
Time: 00:04:44 -0500


If the students are so poor or untalented, how do they get accepted into an art school in the first place, much less hold a place there until graduation year? MCM is right about the fantasy of the student who suddenly and magically 'finds themself' in the course of the course. At best any such development coincides with the student's attendance at a college, at worst they simply learn to conform to the authority's vague and shifting tastes. But of course it's not really about nurturing talent or accepted practices so much as filling attendances and banking the fees, qualifying for the government's allocations. Art schools get bigger and bigger, charge more and more, offer less and less. It's all about the money. When I look back on my (long gone) days at art school, the main advantage seemed to be meeting like-minded peers. Could I have taken another route to achieve this? I came from a small rural community with little in the way of artistic resources or interests. Even now, I think I would still opt for the art school route, but I would have no illusions about the kind of 'help' available there.