‘A way in’ – launching book:
Nov 2013

V&A Connects – A way in : An event articulating the process and potential of art and design education.

This event took place: Friday 22 November 2013, 18.30-20.30pm at the V&A London.



The event launched ’15 methods: 20 questions’ – a book by Q-Art that uncovers the process, value and potential of art and design education.


Henry Ward (Welling School), Eileen Adams (The Campaign for Drawing), Stephen Hunter (Edinburgh  College of Art), Ian Andrews (Birmingham Metropolitan College), Clare Newton (Leyton Sixth Form  College), Chloe Briggs (Paris College of Art), Paul Taylor  (Carlisle College of the Arts), Sean Kaye (Leeds  College of Art), Dave Webster (University of the Arts London), Joan Beadle and Tony Ratcliffe  (Manchester School of Art), Leanne Manfredi (Victoria and Albert Museum), Sorrel Hershberg (The  Sorrel Foundation), Andrew Brewerton (Plymouth College of Art).

Feedback from the evening:

“Thank you for inviting me to the event. The event was really interesting and informative. The format of fifteen different deliverers with five minutes each worked really well and covered so many different approaches to creative learning . It was really good to catch up with the exciting pedagogical thinking and practice at Secondary, Further, and Higher education establishments. I was particularly interested in the exciting research process innovations that Dave Webster shared from his experiences at UAL. The importance of independent creative research and expression of personal experience is something that underpins our art curriculum and the approaches to delivery shared by Dave Webster has given me the confidence to take an even more radical step and redesign our approach to the AS Fine Art course next year. Hearing a range of speakers from different art establishments gave a brief but very interesting picture of the opportunities and wealth of creativity that can be tapped in to. It was also really good to catch up with both new people and others that I had met before.. Will definitely be taking you up on the offer of all four books as they will prove an invaluable source of ideas for Curriculum innovation. Thank you once again.”    Cavan Pledge, Visual Arts Curriculum Leader, Hillview School for Girls

“I wanted to thank you so much for such a wonderful event on Friday, I felt very proud to be part of it. Without exception, every contribution was passionate, thoughtful and inspiring. I also feel very privileged to be part of your book and the Q-Arts project.”      Chloe Briggs, Head of Foundation, Paris College of Art

“Congratulations on another fine book, and most interesting evening at the V&A”.  Matthew Cornford, Professor of Fine Art, University of Brighton

” I really enjoyed the event, it was so refreshing to hear about so many inspiring initiatives. Your book felt like a real catalyst for discussion. Everyone there was so generous and welcoming. It has been really interesting getting involved with your organisation. One of our students might come to your next crit. Good luck with the next project, whatever it might be I would love to stay informed!”    Clare Newton, Programme Manager Art & Design, Leyton Sixth Form College

“Thank you for organizing the launch on Friday. I enjoyed the seminar and welcomed the opportunity to meet with colleagues in higher education and glimpse some of their work. I have already promoted 15 methods: 20 questions at a meeting of the South East NSEAD Group at the Design Museum on Saturday.”   Eileen Adams, The Campaign for Drawing

“Thank you very much indeed for your hospitality last Friday, and for a great event- it really felt like people had come together with a common purpose and the energy was inspiring.”     Stephen Felmingham, Programme Leader BA Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, Plymouth College of Art

“As always Q-Art provided an excellent event which enabled everyone to think critically about Art and Design education in a friendly and thoughtful context. I thought it was a wonderful event and had great feedback from everyone who attended.”  David Webster, Associate Dean, CCW, University of the Arts London.

“I think Q Art is doing something very important and I want to help you wherever I can”  Stephen Hunter First Year Coordinator Edinburgh College of Art

“Thank you all for an informative and provoking event last Friday. The publication is deeply informative and has given me several ideas as to how I can use it to support and advocate art and design education and associated issues within our college and beyond into local schools – a truly valuable resource. I have asked the college resource centre to buy all four books and will present them as recommended reading for our level 3 and 4/5 students. I hope to speak to you all again before long in order to continue feedback; once again thank you so much for inviting me to participate. My son asked me to share his thanks too, he found the perspectives and the quality of reflection rewarding to listen to.”   Alan Patric, Course Leader, Foundation. Petroc College, Devon.

“Loved being involved. Really enjoyed Friday, some very inspiring stuff!”  Henry Ward . Deputy Head Teacher and Director of Art Specialism, Welling School.



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