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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

Posted: 10/03/2022

Professor Michael Archer is Head of Undergraduate Studies
in the Art Department at Goldsmiths, and Programme Leader of the BA Fine Art
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.


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

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.

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


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