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Liverpool Group Art and Design Conference

Towards the end of the Spring Term The Grange School hosted the Liverpool Art and Design conference, the theme of the conference was simply aimed at looking to the future. As all subjects move into a time of flux regarding examination boards and new syllabi, it is important to prepare for change and indeed relish it.

With the importance of drawing being made far more prevalent in the new batch of syllabi, local, yet internationally renowned Artist Julia Midgley spoke about the role that drawing has in her work process as an Artist. Julia, who specialises in ‘reportage’ wowed the audience with her insightful and challenging work based in archaeology, Medicine and War Art. Julia then continued to draw during the conference with her drawing being filmed and projected as the other speakers presented.

Following Julia was Ivan Davies, chief examiner for WJEC/Eduquas who delivered a presentation about how the examination board had welcomed the purpose of drawing and saw it as a central aspect to all areas of creativity. Following a fantastic lunch, the delegates were enlightened by Laura Harris from Christie’s Education Department who explained how Christies (Auction house) have developed their Education Department and now offer a portfolio of demanding degree courses that deal with the business aspect of Art.

The conference was concluded with an inspirational presentation by Julia Sprake, Head of Design at Goldsmiths College, Julia spoke with real authority and knowledge about the wonderful Design degree Goldsmith offer and the role of Design in society.

The conference was a huge success with Art educationalists being truly inspired.