With other leading academics, artists, curators and writers I contributed to a symposium coorganised by Lanchester Gallery Projects and the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry. What is to be Done? analysed the echoes of events at Coventry School of Art and Design 1968-72 and the significance to the wider counter culture of the 70s. It examined radical regional art education and its legacy, in relation to contemporary examples of institutional and pedagogical practice. Particularly in realtion to questions of political agitation, self-organisation, and change. The event coincides with a retrospective of the work of David Rushton, founder editor of Coventry-based Analytical Art in the 1960s and Art & Language member from 1972 to 1975.
Other speakers included:
Terry Atkinson, Artist and Co-Founder of Art & Language
Dr Neil Mulholland, Associate Head of the School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art
Simon Bell, Senior Lecturer, Design and Visual Arts, Coventry School of Art and Design
Francis McKee, Curator, Writer and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
David Rushton, Artist and Co-Editor of Politics in Art Education
Inga Zimprich, Co-Founder of The Faculty of Invisibility.
The proceedings and papers from the symposium, will be published in January 2011.