Two additional speakers announced for Myths and Misinformation on 9th February

Professor Michael Archer and Catherine Sercombe will join our team of outstanding speakers at this LEAN event exploring the myths around studying arts subjects in school and the impact on career and life choices, and how we can dispel them

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.


Pauline Tambling CBE, Joint 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