Chris Sharratt on arts education in frieze: “Can We Stop Culture Becoming the Preserve of the Privileged?”

In a 18 September 2019 opinion piece for frieze, “Can We Stop Culture Becoming the Preserve of the Privileged?” He spoke to OSE director Anna Colin as we prepared to launch the Young Associates Programme.

Figures released in August by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) revealed a 6.5 percent drop across six subjects: art and design; music; design and technology; drama; media, film and television studies; and performing and expressive arts. At GCSE level, research by the Cultural Learning Alliance states that in England between 2010 to 2018 the number of arts subject entries declined by 35 percent. As Colin sees it: ‘Creative activities are no longer prized as something that should be an essential part of young people’s training.’

Read the article “Art Education Is in Crisis: Can We Stop Culture Becoming the Preserve of the Privileged?” in frieze.