I was invited by K6 Gallery, Southampton, to create an installation for their gallery. I chose the theme of primary education policy. I made a set of six large-scale woodcut prints and banners specifically for the venue. Free woodcut prints ‘Imagine Better’ were available for the people of Southampton to take away.
The works imagined a future education policy prioritising creativity, critical reasoning, and imagination as keys to fulfilling each child’s potential.
The work was my oppositional response to primary assessment tests, attainment targets, rote-learning and teaching-to-the-test, which can dominate the lives of teachers and pupils in our primary schools. This tends to skew teaching priorities away from children’s holistic development and reduce in-school time for creative activities, reading-for-pleasure, art, drama and music. In addition, the Ofsted inspection regime seems designed to impose academisation, involving the massive transfer of public assets into private ownership.