Notes from ArtWorks Cymru Training symposium:
What are we doing to open up professional arts practice to people who are never going to do a degree?
The role of validation and degrees…
Does validating experience further marginalise those who don’t have access? Or does it help to give a ‘kite mark’ to a practitioner?
When a job description has a degree as an Essential Criterion, do we question why? Is it a reflex? Tradition? A way of reducing the avalanche of applications? Does a degree show something particular about the applicant?
As HE gets more expensive it will inevitably get more exclusive. Are there different ways of accessing training?
What are the barriers to doing a degree?
How do we take down each of these barriers.
Do you need a degree? If you want to be a professional violinist you need to put in those 10,000 hours practice. But ‘El Sistema’ solved this. We need to learn from world-wide systems.
In the end, how much academic learning helps when faced with six 12-yr-olds who just want to beat each other up?! Can anything beat practical experience? Is shadowing a skilled practitioner the best way to learn?
Should we be campaigning to have the Arts Award system for schools in Wales? Been successful in England. An arts equivalent of Duke of Edinburgh Award.
We ask: how did you get into the arts? What was your story? Were you at school and thought, “I want to be a community artists?” What did your careers adviser say to you? We suspect there are many and varied ways into the industry.
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