Young at art
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.’