Art his­tory for all

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ATHENA sug­gests that ‘the art-his­tory pro­fes­sion hasn’t done much to help’ Stateschool stu­dents who wish to study the sub­ject at A Level (Oc­to­ber 26). More cer­tainly needs to be done, but it is em­phat­i­cally not that art his­to­ri­ans aren’t in­ter­ested nor that the State sec­tor lacks ap­ti­tude. Be­tween 2014 and 2016, I ran an AS Art His­tory out­reach scheme for the Association of Art His­to­ri­ans and both up­take and re­sults were good: in 2016, stu­dents achieved 87% A–C grades, with sev­eral of them plan­ning to study the sub­ject at univer­sity.

I cur­rently teach an independent de­vel­op­ment of this scheme (above). The course is over-sub­scribed, with 15 stu­dents from six State schools and a wide range of back­grounds. Let us not get lost in ‘Art his­tory, worth­while or not?’ de­bates. In­stead, let’s fo­cus on the real is­sue: that an AS or equiv­a­lent qual­i­fi­ca­tion in Art His­tory should con­tinue to be of­fered so that stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to study great art of the past and present in or­der to have equal op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fu­ture. Rose Aidin, Art His­tory Link-up, Lon­don

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