Ever since Plato, the âdialogue' between teacher and student has been at the centre of education and knowledge from the student who sat and worked alongside a Master painter in renaissance times right through to the modern art school, staffed as it is by professional artists, whose task it is to pass on knowledge and challenges to a new generation.
The professional art lecturer, of course, is also involved in an ongoing and crucial dialogue of that between professional practice and pedagogy, a veritable tightrope, but with the right tensions built-in it can enable both student and teacher to flourish. The present MA has the affix Contemporary Dialogues written into its award titles and that is what we hope to show in this exhibition.
The four pathway leaders have each been paired with a student to install in Mission Gallery four manifestations of these dialogues that speak in a multi-modal tongue over four medium specific aspects; Fine Art, Photography, Textiles and an overarching Visual Communication. The master/student arrangement still flourishes in the latter day polis; it is how the two parties co-respond to each other that is crucial in both the pursuit of excellence and progress.
Curated by Angela Maddock and Catrin Webster
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