Young at art

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THE V&A has an­nounced a project to help re­vive art-and-de­sign ed­u­ca­tion in sec­ondary schools. De­sign­lab Na­tion will launch in Sep­tem­ber and has been funded from the Art Fund Mu­seum of the Year prize money won by the South Kens­ing­ton in­sti­tu­tion last year.

De­signed to sup­port the new De­sign and Tech­nol­ogy GCSE, the pro­gramme will tar­get 11–16 year olds in mostly in­dus­trial ar­eas across the coun­try, connecting sec­ondary schools with lo­cal mu­se­ums and re­gional cre­ative in­dus­tries. It will be com­ple­mented by loans from the V&A’S col­lec­tions. The mu­seum will also help to de­velop each project and pro­vide train­ing for teach­ers.

De­sign­lab Na­tion will start in Coven­try and Black­burn this year, ex­pand­ing to Sh­effield and two ad­di­tional lo­ca­tions in the fol­low­ing aca­demic year.

‘The V&A has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect and pro­mote de­sign ed­u­ca­tion for the fu­ture,’ says di­rec­tor Tris­tram Hunt. ‘By bring­ing to­gether lo­cal in­dus­try, mu­se­ums and schools, De­sign­lab Na­tion will en­sure that the V&A de­liv­ers on our found­ing pur­pose, to ed­u­cate and in­spire the artists, in­no­va­tors, de­sign­ers and cre­atives of to­mor­row.’

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