All Schools Should Be Art Schools

3 Oct 2015

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7 pm - 8.30 pm

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Waverley building

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

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Taking place in Nottingham's original Art School - the Waverley building, All Schools Should Be Art Schools is a specially commissioned performance, written by internationally renowned playwright Michael Eaton and directed by Martin Berry.


This unique play has been written to explore the questions and critical debates around Art and Design Education and the establishment of the Art School at Nottingham Trent University.

We begin our journey in 1843 when Nottingham School of Design became the epicentre of the lace design industry in Nottingham. Later, James Hammersley painter and teacher of art and design, took charge of the Art Schools with the visionary notion that art education should be 'free from the trammels of trade necessities.'

In All Schools Should Be Art Schools you will be introduced to key figures from the past, from significant moments of the Art School's development. Miss Johnson (later to become Dame Laura Knight) will recall trenchant memories about the education of female pupils and Hammersley, our founding visionary, will ponder that whilst countless things have changed beyond his recognition many of the debates, dialectics and anxieties are still around today.

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Michael Eaton

Martin Berry


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