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Central Saint Martins Creates Arts Education Initiative at Tate Modern

Students, staff, and alumni of Central Saint Martins will lead a temporary art school, comprising workshops, lectures, and classes, at Tate Modern’s Switch House space this week through January 15, Gareth Harris reports in the Art Newspaper. According to the organizers, the initiative aims to draw attention to the forces “currently threatening arts education” and explore “what resistance we can offer.”

In the UK, arts education is currently in a rocky position, particularly at the level of so called “core subjects” studied by adolescent students prior to university. This project by CSM is considered phase two of the Tate Exchange scheme, an ambitious public program involving fifty-three project partners, including universities and charities, who will organize more than one hundred events at Tate Modern’s new space this year. Future projects within the exchange will focus on issues such as migration, homelessness, and mental health. The London-based Museum of Homelessness, for instance, will organize workshops addressing the personal experiences of ex-servicemen, who account for one in ten of the homeless across the UK, that will take place from April 8 to April 9.

The Tate Exchange program is supported by Freelands Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Elisabeth Murdoch (daughter of Rupert Murdoch), the Arts Council England, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and Tate Patrons. For more on Tate Modern’s new extension, Switch House, see Julian Rose’s piece from the September 2016 issue of Artforum.