BENEDICT ROMAIN

SCULPTURE

PROPS

SET

I am for an art school (after Claes Oldenburg)

I am for an art school that is political, erotical, mystical. That does something other than sit on its ass as just another department in a university

I am for an art school that promotes individuality, creativity and freedom of speech

I am for an art school that recognises sculpture and performance as an integral part of Fine Art, without which it cannot exist

I am for an art school whose primary objective is education not business

I am for an art school that puts art before admin, before new canteens and management pay rises

I am for an art school that supports its local art scene and the success of its graduates

I am for an art school where the dean and management would fight for its own existence, and prevent the butchering of Wales cultural riches

I am for an art school that stands up to unfair cuts and rallies to share the debt

I am for an art school whose students are elegant, eloquent, intellectual and polite

I am for an art school that can kick and scream

I am for an art school that listens to its students

I am for an art school that listens to its tutors

I am for an art school that will not remove artworks from walls, that speaks to its students face to face

I am for an art school that does not adhere to protocol, that does not make contact through the necessary channels, that does not hide behind student unions

I am for an art school of transparency, of management communication, and of open discussion without fear of job-loss

I am for an art school that is a breeding ground for young talent, that is internationally recognised for the quality of its tutors and for a student body that would not accept unjust execution

I am for an art school with Stewart Geddes, Mark Halliday, Cecile Johnson-Soliz, Luke Mintowt Czyz, Phil Nicol, Cherry Pickles and Louise Short

I am for an art school that recognises health and safety as a necessary evil and is therefore trusted to make its own safeguards without compromising creativity

I am for an art school that laughs at itself, that can take a joke

I am for an art school that embraces Punch and Judy, that makes acronyms on its wall that spell FELLATIO

I am for an art school with cake sales for degree shows, and inappropriate behaviour at sculpture Christmas parties

I am for an art school that makes a mess on the floor. I am for an art school that employs cleaners not to clean up such mess

I am for an art school that understands the beauty and intellect manifested on the walls of toilet cubicles

I am for an art school that stays late to rework budgets instead of giving up and going home

I am for an art school not an arts and crafts school

I am for an art school that says hello sculpture