This one-day symposium celebrates the centenary of the Bauhaus School of Design. It questions how the innovations in teaching and creative practice it is known to have fostered continue to underpin, inform and challenge both arts education and contemporary art practice.
Founded in Weimar in 1919 and closed by the Nazis in Berlin some 14 years later, the Bauhaus is renowned as a locus of radical ideas, experimentation, as well as practical applications of art, craft and design to everyday life. Although short-lived, its legacy is still felt as one of the most influential art schools of the twentieth century.
The Bauhaus centenary provides an opportunity to engage with the notion of a 'model' art school, using it as a means to critically explore historical, contemporary and potential contexts for alternate forms of making and pedagogy, emerging from crossovers between educational, social, and artistic practices.
At a time of increased pressure on universities and arts education in particular, this symposium explores how early experiments in pedagogy continue to haunt and inspire our institutions of education, as well as impacting on individual artists, artist groups, and collectives. The symposium aims to question the boundaries between disciplines of art, craft and design; to explore the importance of educational and studio facilities, materials, skills and spaces; and to consider wider questions as to what is valued in the arts and in education.