Bauhaus: Art and Education in Practice symposium

This one-day symposium celebrates the centenary of the Bauhaus School of Design. It questions how the innovations in teaching and creative practice it is known to have fostered continue to underpin, inform and challenge both arts education and contemporary art practice.

Founded in Weimar in 1919 and closed by the Nazis in Berlin some 14 years later, the Bauhaus is renowned as a locus of radical ideas, experimentation, as well as practical applications of art, craft and design to everyday life. Although short-lived, its legacy is still felt as one of the most influential art schools of the twentieth century.

The Bauhaus centenary provides an opportunity to engage with the notion of a 'model' art school, using it as a means to critically explore historical, contemporary and potential contexts for alternate forms of making and pedagogy, emerging from crossovers between educational, social, and artistic practices.

At a time of increased pressure on universities and arts education in particular, this symposium explores how early experiments in pedagogy continue to haunt and inspire our institutions of education, as well as impacting on individual artists, artist groups, and collectives. The symposium aims to question the boundaries between disciplines of art, craft and design; to explore the importance of educational and studio facilities, materials, skills and spaces; and to consider wider questions as to what is valued in the arts and in education.

Organised in partnership with the De La Warr Pavilion and the Centre for Design History at the University of Brighton.


10:30-10:55 Registration

11:00-11:10 Introduction by Nigel Llewellyn (Trustee, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation)

Panel 1 Education in Context Chaired by Annebella Pollen (University of Brighton)

11:15-11:45 Professor Jeremy Aynsley (University of Brighton) Rethinking Bauhaus Teaching

11:45-12:15 Gavin Butt (Northumbria University) Bauhaus Undead

12:15-12:45 Education in Context panel discussion

12:45-13:45 Lunch (1 hour)

PANEL 2 Art School Educated Chaired by Joseph Jones (University of Brighton)

13:45-14:15 Francine Norris Craft Haus (West Dean College)

14:15-14:45 Sarah Kate Wilson Episodes (Camberwell College of Arts)

14:45-15:15 Art School Educated panel discussion


PANEL 3 Thinking Through Making Chaired by Ashley McCormick (DLWP)

15:30-16:00 Lauren Godfrey (Artist) Open Stage

16:00-16:30 Renee So (Artist) in conversation with Rosie Cooper (DLWP)

16:30-17:00 Thinking Through Making panel discussion

A full programme will be available in early September 2019.

Renee So ‘Ancient & Modern’ at De La Warr Pavilion

This symposium has been convened by Sarah Hughes to coincide with Renee So's exhibition 'Ancient & Modern' at the De La Warr Pavilion (28 September 2019 - 12 January 2020) which includes work made whilst So was artist-in-residence at West Dean College in May 2019. So's exhibition is held to mark the centenary of the Bauhaus and is especially interested in the legacy of female makers who were often pushed towards craft practices within the school. So's new pieces also refer to Anni and Josef Albers' collection of pre-Columbian figurines and textiles, a collection that reveals the influence of non-Western culture on the modernist movement. Find out more about the exhibition here:

Renee So in residence at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Bauhaus: Art and Education in Practice is organised in partnership with the De La Warr Pavilion and the Centre for Design History at the University of Brighton.

The De La Warr Pavilion is a pioneering cultural centre where everyone can enjoy contemporary exhibitions, music, events and entertainment in a Modernist building on Bexhill's seafront. Opened in 1935 as a democratic space for progressive thought and creativity, this unique Grade One listed building has been modern in spirit and aspiration ever since. Find out more

The Centre for Design History applies a cross-disciplinary perspective to understand how design in all its forms has shaped things, spaces and actions across time. Find out more