Why Art Schools Must Become Less Corporate And More Radical Again

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, many art schools across the UK decided to cancel their annual degree shows and replace them with online ‘showcases’ of students’ work. The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) was no exception, but in an act of protest — after months of difficulties with management at the school — almost all students graduating from its prestigious Masters in Fine Art refused to show their work in the digital space allocated to them. Instead they’d planned en masse to share a link to their own website. It was there that they planned to share two letters they’d sent to management at the school, highlighting grievances concerning the mishandling of the last four months of their education. The students claim they have as yet received no direct response, aside from a recognition of complaint. Read more at i-D.