Art School Futures

Mall Galleries Panel Discussion


What will the art school of the future look like?


How is art education changing in the 21st century? What will art students of the future be learning? What effect will the rise of tuition fees have on the art school of tomorrow? How will nascent alternative programmes develop and what effect might they have on the mainstream system?

Our three speakers, Turps Banana Studio Programme Leader, Phil Allen, curator and writer, Rosalind Davis and Vice Chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts, John Last, address what they see the art school of the future to look like from their individual professional perspectives.


Phillip Allen is a nationally and internationally exhibited painter and graduate of Kingston University and  The Royal College of Art (RCA).  Currently Course Coordinator at Turps Studio Painting Programme, London, he also tutors at the RCA, Wimbledon College of Art and Westminster University and has been a visiting lecturer at various colleges including The Royal Academy, Ruskin School of Art Oxford and Goldsmiths.

Rosalind Davis is an artist-curator and a graduate of the RCA and Chelsea College of Art. As well as exhibiting her own work nationally and internationally, she is the permanent curator at Collyer Bristow and has co-directed and developed two London-based artist’s educational, membership and exhibition arts organizations; Zeitgeist Arts Projects and Core Gallery. A published writer, Rosalind is the co-author of ‘What they didn’t teach you at art school’ commissioned by Octopus Books which is available internationally.

John Last is Vice Chancellor at Norwich University of the Arts and has worked in art and design higher education since 1989. He previously held the post of Deputy Principal at the Arts University Bournemouth from where he was awarded a Chair in art and design education in 2008. John’s first degree is from Sussex University in English with Philosophy and he subsequently gained postgraduate awards in Education and in Film Theory from Leeds and Sussex respectively.