The conference was organised around 4 discussion strands:

1. The Art School Gallery

The art school gallery is a place that can be described as a meeting of the inside and the outside where artists, students and teachers form an alliance bringing professionals in contact with training professionals. In its way it is permeable whether the gallery is of the fabric of the building or an external space used for this purpose.

2. Academy/City/Artist

Post graduation, what is the art school’s responsibility and role in enabling their graduates to develop a sustainable cultural environment? What’s the benefit of staying in the city where you studied?

3. Does Fine Art need a Facelift?

If Fine Art is no longer at the centre of Art Education, what is it like to be at the periphery? What is the educational consequent response?
Has Fine Art has become a marginal activity within the Academy? If we no longer think of our subject at the centre then, where is it? Is it desirable to be on the periphery or even outside the Academy?

4. Art School as Broker

The Art School facilitating commissions. Case studies/best practice exploring links and relationships with industry albeit in kind, live projects, slack spaces and pop-ups, internships and student initiatives. What is the role and responsibility of the Art School in preparing graduates for professional practice.