Student Protest and Student Activity Exhibition

The University for the Creative Arts Library and Archives has undertaken an online and physical (at Rochester and Canterbury campuses) exhibition of student protest and student activity through the decades (approximately 1950s to the present day) for the Student Union’s 40th anniversary, and in celebration of student activism.

The online exhibition is available here

The exhibition is on-going and will be regularly added to throughout the year. We would welcome any donations or loans from students and staff or ex-staff at any period in the University for the Creative Arts history

The online exhibition showcases student protest, including the minutes of the Guildford School of Art sit in protest both from the students, who were protesting against the quality of art teaching, and the lack of student control, and minutes from the governors,

A young Jack Straw was also involved  

In his autobiography Last Man Standing: Memoirs of a Political Survivor (Chapter 3, Respected but Not Respectable  Macmillan, 2012)he mentions the following about his time at the NUS (p.74) :

 My first six months at the NUS were uncomfortable. I was an intruder. I had stood up against the successful candidate, Trevor Fisk, and was now his deputy. I was given marginal responsibilities, like art colleges, in the hope I’d get bored and go away, but suddenly the art schools erupted. There were long occupations at colleges like Hornsey and Guildford colleges of art. I had something useful to do, and also developed firm friendships with some of those involved, like Kim Howells, later MP for Pontypridd and a fellow Foreign Office minister, and Kate Hoey, later MP for Vauxhall and minister for sport.

The following links are useful for information regarding the Guildford School of Art

For those interested in student protest UCA also has books regarding the Hornsey Art Protest alongside the same dates as Guildford School of Art

THE HORNSEY AFFAIR, by students and staff of Hornsey College of Art. Penguin, 1969. 707.11 HOR Canterbury Library

Tickner, Lisa. Hornsey 1968 : the art school revolution. Frances Lincoln, 2008. 700.1142188 TIC Farnham Library 700.71142 TIC Maidstone Library

Piper, David Warren. After Hornsey. Davis-Poynter, 1973. 707 PIP Farnham Library

 The online exhibition also showcases photographs of a drawing protest held in Trafalgar Square against the forming of the Kent Institute of Art and Design in the 1980s, loaned by retired lecturer Robin Sewell, showung members of our staff, then students.

Protest against the forming of the Kent Institute for Art and Design, 1980s

The exhibition also includes student union statements from prospectuses throughout the ages, which highlights how they perceived themselves, and how they were perceived by various bodies

Rochester Campus Cafe currently hosts newspaper images regarding student protest throughout the decades, and images will shortly be up within the library

Canterbury Campus will have images of student activity and protest from the 1950s within the reception area around November 23rd, 2012