Benjamin Haydon, the most famous failure in art history, advocated publicly funded art education for all, free public museums and paintings in public buildings. He was ridiculed, but they all came about.
We face the prospect of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterpiece being demolished because the fire damage was so great, and of it existing only in drawings and memory. Perhaps it can be rebuilt to Mackintosh's plan, but the value of reproducing everything exactly as designed in 1897 is doubtful, and it seemed to me that some … Continue reading GLASGOW ART SCHOOL (2)
The scaffolding on the Glasgow School of Art indicated that it would be improved beyond its condition when fire struck in 2014. Now another fire has undone the painstaking restoration of the last three years.
Three things caught my attention recently. The first was that the creative industries contribute £84bn to the UK economy every year - almost twice as much as manufacturing. The second was economist Don Thompson's estimate that for every artist making a living from art, there are 80 who are not. The third was that making … Continue reading ART ECONOMY WORTH £84 BILLIONS
Yesterday I went to a party to say farewell to Kyra Kane, (above centre) head of ceramics at Harrow, the University of Westminster. She is leaving following the University's decision to close the Harrow course in 2013. The Harrow course is one of the leading ceramics courses in Britain and is respected throughout the world. … Continue reading HARROW CERAMICS COURSE TO CLOSE