Kent’s art school heritage captured in new book
The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Rochester is to host the launch of a new book detailing Kent’s rich art school heritage.
Author David Haste, who was the Head of Fine Art at UCA’s founder institutions, the Canterbury College of Art and the Kent Institute of Art and Design in the 80s and 90s, will be available to sign copies of his new work, entitled The Art Schools of Kent.
The launch will take place in the library at UCA Rochester on Thursday 9 January from 12 noon and will include an introductory talk by David Haste about his archival and field researches and original discoveries.
David said: “I’m delighted to be launching my book at UCA Rochester – an institution that continues the long and rich heritage of delivering design education in this part of Kent.
“By 1900 Kent had over twenty-five government sponsored art schools, including the Rochester School of Art which became the Medway College of Design – the precursor to UCA Rochester. My book celebrates the entire life cycle of these art schools over two centuries, from inception to closure and in so doing defines the ‘English art school’, a unique institution upon which all nationally approved art schools were modelled.
“I have an innate belief in the endemic value of art education and its assured continuity, as has been realised across the centuries in successive incarnations whether as workshops, academies or art schools. I am confident that art education remains fully engaged and is poised for a successful future through new and different institutions.”
The launch of The Art Schools of Kent is free and open to the public. To reserve a place, contact: Caroline Bozier E: email@example.com T: 01634 888649