SALIENT: CENSORSHIP AT GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART 2017-18 edited by Om Lekha

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SALIENT: CENSORSHIP AT GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART 2017-18 edited by Om Lekha

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Published by Ichor Inc Agency

A4, 32 pages, full colour digital printing throughout, saddle stitched, 2018

‘FOREWORD:

Trends towards increased censorship, and a culture encouraging self-censorship, within contemporary fine art and higher education, have increased significantly in recent times.

This publication is a dossier with contextual information concerning censorship of art, and the official encouragement of self-censorship, on the Master of Fine Art Programme at Glasgow School of Art during 2017 and 2018. It is informed by extensive research and analysis, plus consultations with relevant specialists speaking off the record. It does not benefit from input by legal or investigative journalism specialists. Should the sequence of events at Glasgow School of Art come under further scrutiny this publication makes available some relevant materials. If it does not then this publication simply makes public these events in an accessible format. Some of the material is already in the public domain, but remains scattered. As the publication is largely a dossier of evidence, there is some repetition of information throughout.

While the circumstances are specific, the underlying issues are broad and perennial. A core principle involved is the relationship between the systematic application of control, and the power of creative enquiry & expression. In places dedicated to formation and development of people and fields of endeavour – such places including formal education – where horizons of possibility may open or byzantine entanglements proliferate, the stakes increase when paymasters and managers play usurper.

At the time of publication, May 2018, students on the Programme who are about to graduate do not know what direction the MFA Programme will take on the issue of censorship directives issued to the student body. The decision on whether the directives will be removed from the MFA Programme Handbook, as requested by a majority of current MFA students in a written petition, has been deferred until after their graduation.

- Om Lekha, May 2018'

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