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Don't tell me how to run my art school by John Walmsley and Claire Grey

Don't tell me how to run my art school by John Walmsley and Claire Grey


We are very please to present a special print edition of John Walmsley's new book 'Don't tell me how to run my art school'. We have 5 signed copies of the book and a selection of 3 signed prints from the series that are available to buy alongside the book. 

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The book written by John Walmsley and Claire Grey is about the eight week sit-in at Guildford School of Art, 1968. At the time, the longest ever sit-in at an educational institution in the UK and which led directly to students and staff being invited onto the Advisory Boards at schools, colleges and Universities.

From the Foreword:
On 5th June 1968, Guildford School of Art experienced an unprecedented student revolution, the start of a sit-in about their narrow education and their desire to change it, that lasted for eight weeks. This event marked several firsts in the UK’s education system, including the involvement of parents in higher education, a local authority taking its own students to the High Court, over 40 teachers being suspended at once, and the ATTI lecturers’ union blacklisting a school. Though not the only student occupation that year, the firing of seven full-time tutors sparked a three-year campaign for their reinstatement that reverberated throughout the country’s educational institutions. John Walmsley captured the events through photography, while Claire Grey kept a diary of the unfolding events. For those who were present, the experience was both creative and frightening, and those involved have never forgotten.

John’s photographs are remarkable, especially considering he was still a student at the time. His early work is a unique and insightful look into a student protest from an insider’s perspective. Prior to this, John had already shown his skill in covering demonstrations through his photograph of Vanessa Redgrave and Tariq Ali during an anti-Vietnam war march in London, as well as his interest in alternative education through his photographs of Summerhill, a democratic school founded by A S Neill. Throughout this book, John’s photographs expertly combine the themes of protest and education.

The foresight and dedication of Claire Grey in keeping a detailed diary, as well as collecting a vast array of typewritten notes, posters and press clippings, has resulted in the true inside story of the sit-in being told. She has captured not only the order in which events took place, but also the feelings and reasons that influenced the protest. Her diary entries transport us back to those times, making Claire the custodian of an invaluable historical record.

186 pages
21 x 21 cms

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