Myths and Misinformation

What are the myths and misinformation about choosing to study arts subjects and how can we dispel them?

Our 2017 AGM and arts education event took place on Thursday 9th February, 17:00 - 19:30 at Goldsmiths College, New Cross.

We investigated: 

  • How do young people progress into careers in the arts? What are the barriers?
  • 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?

We heard from:

  • Pauline Tambling CBE is Joint CEO at Creative and Cultural SkillsPauline 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 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 is Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University, Department of Design Engineering and Mathematics, School of Science and Technology and Co-Founder/Co-Director of award winning SMASHfestUK (a STEM/arts Festival).  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. 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 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.

During the second half of the event over wine and snacks we identified and debated:


  • What myth or piece of misinformation is prevalent in choosing to study arts subjects?
  • Who believes in the myth and passes it on?
  • How can we dispel them?


The event concluded by inviting guests to ‘pledge’ what they will do to dispel prevalent myths.

Evaluation of this event will follow shortly