International Journal of Art & Design Education

Women and Art Education at Birmingham's Art Schools 1880-1920: Social Class, Opportunity and Aspiration

Volume 18.3   1999



Birmingham's Art School, through its Central and Branch schools and teaching in elementary schools, offered all art education in the city from the most advanced to the most basic. Its influence was considerable in terms of content, method, selection, progression and opportunity. During the forty year period of increased autonomy and influence, the opportunities available to working and middle class female students is examined in terms of success, difference and opportunity. The factors that contextualised the opportunities - social, cultural, and industrial enable an analysis of the role of female students and staff and interpretations of the evidence