They Had Four Years

Kevin Reid

Kevin Reid

‘K. believes his agenda was firmly in place as soon as he arrived at art school, fresh from 25 years spent in Kelty and the School of Life.’

As this year’s students get set for Freshers Week at The Glasgow School of Art and post-graduate degree shows are happening, it seemed timely to revisit my essay from 2003 for GeneratorProjects’ annual  ‘They Had Four Years’. Graduates are selected from Degree shows and invited back a year later to show developed work at this artist-led organisation in Dundee. My essay looks at the motivations the selected five graduates had for going to art school, their expectations, what was discovered and experiences after the four years are over.

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