Welcome to Q-Art, an art education research, publishing and events organisation that aims to break down the barriers to art education and contemporary art and support prospective and current students into, through and beyond art education. We ask questions, share insight, and facilitate debate across the art education sector through books, symposia, talks, workshops, videos and crits.
We’ve had a busy start to 2016! Earlier in the year we visited Plymouth College of Art’s student conference and helped launch their student-led Crit Club. Right now we are planning our next crit, working hard towards our next book on transitions out of art school, getting ready for ‘Art Is…’ at Tate Modern in April, and gearing up for our Symposium on June 25 2016 at Glasgow School of Art.
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UPCOMING AND PREVIOUS EVENTS
NEW PUBLICATION DUE FOR RELEASE AUTUMN 2016
When it comes to fine art education, what is professional practice? How are students prepared for life after the course? How might attitudes, intake, and approaches be shaped by factors such as the location of an art school, its reputation, and the cultural and political climate?
In this new book we ask fine art course leaders, heads of departments, and art school staff from around the UK to unpack this topic. They share examples of their own approaches and philosophies to preparing students for life after art school, and they reflect on their own experiences.
Through these questions the book sheds some light on the important question: what and who is a fine art education for in 2016? This book is essential reading for anyone teaching art at secondary level and above, sector professionals, and those who are thinking of studying fine art at undergraduate level.
In our research and activity we collaborate with a large number of art colleges, museums, galleries and organisations. Examples include: Higher Education Academy • Roche Court Foundation • Paris College of Art • Tate Art School Educated • TATE• Council for Higher Education Art and Design • University of the Arts London • a-n • Artquest • Axis • Brighton University • Grimsby Institute • Arts University Bournemouth • University of Portsmouth • Liverpool John Moore’s University • Manchester School of Art • Goldsmiths • Leeds College of Art • University of Leeds• Whitechapel Gallery • Cass School of Art • Victoria and Albert Museum London • The Science Museum • Cass Art Stores • APT Gallery • University of Westminster • Plymouth College of Art • Middlesex University • Salford University • Slade School of Art • Kingston University • Nottingham Trent University • Glasgow School of Art • Edinburgh College of Art • Fruitmarket Gallery • Gray’s School of Art • Mall Galleries London • Painting in Hospitals • Shape Arts • Open College of the Arts • Swansea College of Art • WJEC • Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design • UCAS • Arts Emergency • Shoreditch Trust • The Sorrell Foundation • NSEAD …and many others
We’d like to thank our regular crit participants, many of whom signed up to become a Q-Art Friend or Angel or donated money on the door to support the costs of running our London crit programme last academic year (2014-15). This was a crucial year for us as we used your support plus a small grant from Arts Council England to help us transition our crit programme from a voluntary one (as it had been since 2008) to one where we are able to pay our crit facilitators and team for their work organising and running these events. This year we will be asking art schools, museums and galleries to support us by hosting open crits as part of their public programmes. We will not be running the Friends scheme any more but do still welcome donations on the door plus any other donations to help us develop our ongoing research and activities and go forward in our aim of breaking down the barriers to art education and contemporary art.
We’d also like to extend our thanks to APT Gallery and in particular Liz May – who from 2008-2014 supported Q-Art’s annual exhibition programme.