Art history A-level saved after high-profile campaign

The guardian | Sally Weale:

Just weeks after it was announced that art history A-level was to be dropped – an act described by the historian Simon Schama as “a big dull axe wielded by cultural pygmies”– the government has said that the qualification will be saved after all. An array of leading figures from the art world, including artists Anish Kapoor, Jeremy Deller and Cornelia Parker, as well as the Tate gallery’s director, Nicholas Serota, lined up to offer warm words welcoming Thursday’s reprieve. “[It is] a huge relief to hear this news,” said Kapoor. “Art and art history are the study of what inspires and guides the poetic in us. How could we imagine an education without them?”… Read more

Image: AS-level art history students at Godalming college. Photograph: Graham Turner/for the Guardian