The ‘A’ Course: An Inquiry

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 March 2010, 10am-6pm
Admission Free

Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, 107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H ODU.

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**Schedule devised by Garth Evans, Gareth Jones, Peter Kardia and Anthony Davies


10.00 - 10.10          Introduction.

                  Mark Dunhill (Dean of Fine Art, CSM)


                  10.10 - 10.40 General context 1969.

                  Joy Sleeman (Head of Taught Theory and History of Art, Slade School of Fine Art)

                  10.40 -11.00              St. Martins School of Art in context 1969.

                  Peter Kardia.

11.00 – 11.20  The Materials Project 1969.

                  Gareth Jones.

11.20 – 11.35  Break

                  11.35 – 12.15           The Locked Room (Garth Evans, Gareth Jones and Peter Harvey. 1974).

                  Garth Evans. Film screening with introduction.

12.15 – 1.00  Audience reactions

1.00 - 2.15         Lunch

                  2.15 - 4.00                The ‘A’ Course: first project.

                  Peter Kardia, Garth Evans and Gareth Jones moderated by Anthony Davies

                  -The 'seeds' of the first project .


                                   -Experiences of the faculty.

                               -Experiences of the students.

                                   -Audience comments and questions

4.00 - 4.15            Break

                  4.15 - 5.30          The ‘A’ Course: other projects.

                  Peter Kardia, Garth Evans, Gareth Jones.

                                    Audience and former students’ comments and questions

                  5.30 - 7.00            Drinks. Display of ‘A’ Course archival material. Collected by the10th Floor Office, donated by former students and collated, presented by current CSM Fine Art students.

          o DAY 2

      10.00 - 10.10    Recap of the first day schedule

                        10.10 - 10.30             The A/B Course split.

                        Peter Kardia, Garth Evans and Gareth Jones.

                        10.30 - 11.30             The ‘A’ Course: projects in the 2nd and 3rd years.

                        Peter Kardia, Garth Evans and Gareth Jones

                                    Audience comments and questions

      11.30 - 11.45         Break

                        11.45 - 12.45         The ‘A’ Course: final projects.

                        Peter Kardia, Garth Evans and Gareth Jones.

                        Moderated by Anthony Davies.

                                         -Graduate exhibitions. Former ‘A’ Course students

                        -MANYDEED project. Former ‘A’ Course students

                                        -Audience comments and questions  

      12.45 - 2.00          Lunch

                        2.00 – 4.00 Art education in 2010: Central Saint Martins now.

                        Moderated by Adrian Rifkin (Professor of Art Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London)

                        Speakers: Anne Tallentire and Graham Ellard (Research CSM Double Agents programme). Mick Finch (2D pathway leader, CSM), John Seth (4D pathway leader, CSM), Liz Wright (3D pathway leader, CSM). 

                        4.00 – 4.15 Break

                        4.15 - 5.00 Summing up, final questions, conclusion