International Journal of Art & Design Education

Cultural Dimensions of Art and Design

Volume 4.3   1985



It is argued that the lack of recognition in Britain given to the art of non-western European cultures has led to an impoverishment in visual, aesthetic and cultural terms, for those who belong to what might be called the Anglo-European culture. He likens our introspective view to a 'cultural prison' and cites as culpable a gallery apartheid, which relegates non-western art to anthropological museums. He also suggests that the model of the practicing artist-as-teacher leaves little time for the study of art and design as a cultural form or phenomenon. He suggests that this situation has considerable ramifications for the training of art and design teachers if they are subsequently to teach with a multi-cultural perspective.