Monday, 7 October 2013

New Book published soon !

The Decorated School. Essays on the Visual Culture of Schooling is soon to be published by Black Dog.



Contributors have been participants in the research network. The book is beautifully illustrated and contains chapters with examples from England, Scotland, Norther Ireland, France, the USA, Japan and Kyrgystan. It has been funded with help from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and a generous grant from the Henry Moore Institute. Order your copies now !

Subjects include: the ‘Art at School’ movement in France; sculpture in Japanese schools, the Chicago mural movement; the Edinburgh ‘Schools Beautiful’ programme; the art-curriculum relationships of post-war British primary schools; London County Council’s educational commissions; Asger Jorn’s Decorations for Århus Statsgymnasium; abstraction and modern schooling in New York; Soviet and Post-Soviet school decoration in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; and children’s art projects in Belfast.

The future of the Decorated School Research initiative

The Arts and Humanities Research Council funding of the Decorated School Research Network came to an end in February this year. There is scope now to put together an international research project drawing from the enormous interest that this blog has raised around the world. Please get in touch if you are interested in helping to shape the next stages of the research which can focus on looking more closely at how pupils and teachers respond over time to elements of decoration and colour in their school buildings.