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Creative license: from Leeds College of Art to Leeds Polytechnic, 1963-1973

Creative license: from Leeds College of Art to Leeds Polytechnic, 1963-1973

Charnley, James, author

Fin-de-Sixties evokes the lingering end of a decade, a turning point which birthed the new regime, one which now defines how visual art is taught within Universities. 'Creative License' describes what happened next and the continuum leading up to this moment. In this ground-breaking study, James Charnley reveals the personalities and events that ignited an explosion of radical creativity such that a contemporary observer, Patrick Heron, could describe Leeds College of Art as "an unprecedented inventive powerhouse on the national scene". Between 1963 and 1973, Leeds College of Art and Leeds Polytechnic were at the forefront of an experiment in art and education where "all that was forbidden was to be dull". With Jeff Nuttall, Robin Page, George Brecht, Patrick Hughes and John Fox on the staff, students pushed the freedom and facilities offered further than anything before or since. 'Creative License' captures the rebellious trajectory of the 1960s, the emergence of the counter-culture, dissent and later disillusionment. This is a case study of an era when art colleges were well funded and well free and, at Leeds, had a mission to progress the avant-garde project to the next level. Perhaps only now can the consequences of this experiment be assessed and its achievements recognised, and James Charnley sets out to do just that

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Published Cambridge: The Lutterworth Press, 2015
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Statement of responsibility: James Charnley
ISBN: 0718843207, 9780718843205
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxiv, 295 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour)
Subject: Art and Design.; The arts: general issues; Art schools England Leeds History 20th century.; Higher & further education, tertiary education; History of art; Leeds College of Art (1927-1968)
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780718893477