All the world’s a stage

New from the Autumn 2017 edition

Art graduate exhibitions are similar to the theatre; the players are expected to hit their marks and know their lines, writes Gerry Walker in his appraisal of the class of 2017

Art College Graduate Exhibitions operate in the realm of theatre. The main players are twice subjected to critical appraisal. Once by a coterie of examiners, then by a judgemental public who also demand evidence of high achievement, if not excellence. The initial appraisal is conducted through a composite medium of Edu-speak and Art-speak and is largely incomprehensible to all who are external to the examination process – hence the ubiquitous but useful inclusion of individual mission statements for the benefit of the general public accompanying most graduate displays.

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