Tom Hudson (1922–1997) was a key figure in the Basic Design movement, which revolutionised art education across Britain in the 1950s and 1960s.
This film documents a special discussion which took place at Yorkshire Sculpture Park on 16 June 2013 to coincide with the YSP exhibition, Tom Hudson Transitions – Interactions in Art Education 1960-68, in the Garden Gallery and National Arts Education Archive (25 May–8 September 2013) ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/tom-hudson-transitions For more about the NAEA visit ysp.co.uk/naea
The session sought to o consider the significance of Hudson and the artists he worked with in the context of critical issues facing art in education today and to make the vital case for the importance of creativity in the fully rounded development of individuals and society as a whole, now and in the future, with reference to the ethos of YSP and its roots in Bretton Hall College.
Outline of the event
Welcome and introduction by Peter Murray CBE, Founding Director of YSP
Introduction to Tom Hudson and his legacy by PhD student Suzi Tibbetts
Discussion with artists represented in the YSP exhibition (Terry Setch, Michael Chilton, Norman Toynton)
Keynote: Bob & Roberta Smith
Image: Tom Hudson (Basic Design Collection), 1960s