The Journal Block and Its Art School Context

Walton, Neil. 2018. The Journal Block and Its Art School Context. Arts, 7(4), [Article]

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This paper looks at an important moment in the recent history of UK art education by examining the magazine Block, a radical and interdisciplinary publication produced from within the art history department of an art school in the late 1970s and 1980s. Block was created and edited by a small group of lecturers at Middlesex Polytechnic, most of whom were art school educated; it was formed by, and in turn influenced, the milieu of studio-based art education in the UK. Despite the small scale of its operation, the magazine had a wide distribution in art colleges and was avidly read by lecturers looking for ways to incorporate new theoretical, often Marxist, feminist, poststructuralist, perspectives into their teaching.

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Published in a special issue of Arts 7 (4): Changing Pedagogies in the Art College: Learning and Teaching Art and Design in Higher Education


Art, Education, History, Block magazine, Middlesex Polytechnic

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Educational Studies > Centre for the Arts and Learning


1 November 2018Accepted
5 November 2018Published

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22 Nov 2018 15:19

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29 Apr 2020 17:00

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