The New Economy of Art: Debate 1

    "Going to art school is a terrible way to learn about being an artist"


    3 December 2014, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    33 Old Bethnal Green Road
    London E2 6AA
    To launch DACS and Artquest’s new book, The New Economy of Art, we are organising a series of four public debates between December 2014 to March 2015 to open up discussion around the issues it raises.

    This first debate is centred around the provocation: "Going to art school is a terrible way to learn about being an artist".
    Arguing against: Professor Juan Cruz, an artist and Dean of the School of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art. He is a member of the Tate Liverpool Council and sits on the Boards of the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust, Liverpool Biennial and Peer.
    Arguing for: Andrew Brighton, formerly Senior Curator in Public Events at Tate Modern. He has taught at the Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths and the London Consortium. Published in journals internationally, his books include Francis Bacon, Work by Ana Maria Pacheco, Picasso for Beginners, David Hockney’s Prints 1954-77 and with Lynda Morris, Towards Another Picture.
    Read more about the speakers.

    Tickets cost £5.
    The New Economy of Art will be available to purchase at each debate for the discounted price of £9.99 (RRP £14.99).

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    Photograph: Andrew Brighton, Russell Martin and Juan Cruz at The New Economy of Art debate, by Brian Benson ©  Brian Benson, 2014

    Listen to the other debates in the series:

    Debate 2: Public funding vs private donors – what are the risks?
    Debate 3: The Art Market and Regulation