LEAN’s Annual Education Event 2017

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 17:00 - 19:30

Myths and Misinformation

What are the myths and misinformation about choosing to study arts subjects (at GCSE and A level) and how can we dispel them?

Come to Goldmiths College and explore how young people choose their GCSE and A Levels – and its roots, myths and implications. Speakers will offer different perspectives followed by breakout discussions. There will be an opportunity for individuals to pledge a small (or large) way they might be able help dispel myths and misinformation, and find solutions. The evening will end with refreshments and a chance to chat with fellow attendees.

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Key questions:

  • How does studying arts subjects benefit young people in their career and life choices (whatever field they go in to)?
  • How do young people gain advice and information about studying the arts in school whether they want a career in the arts or not?
  • How do young people progress into careers in the arts? What are the barriers?

Join us to:

  • Hear from speakers
  • Take part in breakout groups and share your view
  • Meet others over a glass of wine or juice
  • This event will include LEAN’s short AGM.

We are delighted to announce our confirmed speakers:


Pauline Tambling CBE, CEO at Creative and Cultural Skills. Until April 2009, Pauline was Chief Operating Officer of Creative and Cultural Skills. She previously worked at Arts Council England in five senior roles with a wide range of responsibilities and led several major initiatives. She is Chair of Shape (an arts and disability organisation in London), a member of the Clore Leadership Programme Strategic Advisory Committee and a member of North Hertfordshire College Board (NHC). Pauline was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2014. Pauline will draw on her extensive experience and talk on creative sector growth, career routes and more.

Steve Moffitt, CEO of A New Direction (AND). AND work with partners to create positive change across schools, education and communities to ensure that young people get the most out of London’s extraordinary creative and cultural offer. Steve will talk on the barriers to a career in the arts.

Wyn Griffiths BA, MSc, FRSA, Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University, Department of Design Engineering and Mathematics, School of Science and Technology: Wyn Griffiths is course leader on the BA/BSc product design at Middlesex University and Co-Founder/Co-Director of award winning SMASHfestUK (a STEM/arts Festival). As a HE lecturer, Wyn will talk on whether studying a broad range of subjects (including the arts) is a benefit or barrier to HE entry in non arts subjects. 

Professor Michael Archer is Head of Undergraduate Studies in the Art Department at Goldsmiths, and Programme Leader of the BA Fine Art programme. Before joining Goldsmiths he was Head of School at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and prior to that he was Senior Lecturer at Chelsea College of Art and Design (UAL). His extensive teaching experience covers all levels from Foundation, through Undergraduate and Postgraduate to doctoral research, and extends from the studio to art and design history and theory. A critic and writer, he is author of numerous books, essays and articles on modern and contemporary art. Michael will talk about the changes to art and design in school and the impact for those who wish to study Art at University level.

Catherine Sercombe is Head of Arts Programmes at Trinity College London.  Trinity College London are an international exam board for performing arts and English Language qualifications.  Catherine is responsible for the national delivery of Arts Award - a unique set of awards that support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders.  Arts Award is managed by Trinity in association with Arts Council England.  Catherine will talk about the impact Arts Award has on young people’s career choices, skills development and interactions with the arts and cultural sector,  identified through research carried out by London South Bank University.


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If you are interested in becoming a LEAN Trustee or would like to present a motion at the AGM, you can find out more here  

Venue: Room 304A, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths College, University of London, New Cross SE14 6NW

Who is this event for?
Anyone who works in arts, culture or education for example: teachers, educators, arts practitioners, governors, policy makers, careers advisors, arts managers and other related professionals in Lewisham and beyond.

Cancellation Policy
This event is free to attend. With further pressure on resources, we have to make sure events are full as possible and resources well utilised. If you fail to cancel a booked place before Tuesday 7 February 2017, you will be charged £10.

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