Welcome to a Real Art School

Across the Art School’s main disciplines of contemporary fine art, the conservation of historic objects, wood and stone carving and art histories, we foster an abiding focus on materiality. We think materials have an intrinsic importance in the fine art and craft skills we teach and that have been practised throughout history.

In order to interrogate the integrity of materials further, we have developed a discussion series called Material Matters. Material Matters, sets out to explore a specific material through a range of approaches: from exhibitions to lectures; pecha kucha to symposia; and from commissioned essays to interviews.


The Materials Foyer is a carefully-curated reference library in the heart of the Art School where students can learn more about what materials mean to conservators, carvers and artists. Its purpose is to draw attention to materials, create dialogue and acknowledge the breadth of processes used across our Historic Carving, Conservation and Fine Art departments. The Materials Foyer is curated to reflect the current Materials Matters focus.

The Materials Foyer is kindly supported by Winsor & Newton.

In 2016/17, Material Matters focused on wood. For 2018/20 our focus, for two years, will be pigment.


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