What on earth is happening in arts education? Suzanne Moore thinks that art school is in danger of becoming the domain of the privileged few. Is it only worth investing in something if it has the potential to achieve commercial success?
This way of thinking can lead us in a dangerous direction and undermine the richness and depth that make up our culture.
The argument that art or culture is valuable only when it is monetised is a dangerous one. A false dichotomy between science and art has been set up. Real innovation is coming from the crossover between science and arts. Artists visualise what science models. Cultural production is being dumbed down: art is yoked only to entertainment or the economy. But surely, as the organisation Arts Emergency says: “There is no recession of the imagination.” Maths, science and engineering are vital. But so are music, design, architecture, poetry, painting: these are the ways we redraw and remake our shared world.