Baroness Lola Young discusses art as a force for change with students at Gumley House Convent School
1 February 2016
Today Baroness Young visited Gumley House Convent School in Hounslow as part of the Creativity, Arts and Culture in State Schools talk series, speaking to over 300 GSCE and A-Level students. With a long career in the arts as a performer, administrator, professor, board member and even as Head of Culture for the Greater London Authority, she had a huge range of experience to draw from.
The talk focused mainly on the importance of Art in society, how it shapes so many aspects of our lives, and especially its impact on politics and art’s ability to inspire change. Students were captivated, hearing about how social movements have often influenced and been influenced by books, music, fashion, etc., and it inspired students to ask plenty of questions. Among many other examples, Baroness Young even spoke on contemporary street art and how art comments on society, showing a recent David Bowie memorial in Turnpike Lane.
After an hour of discussing art, culture, identity and tolerance, there were still questions from both students and staff who went up to Baroness Young after the talk to ask more!
For a truly unique talk and a great experience for all involved, our thanks to Baroness Young and Gumley House Convent School!