Photos courtesy of interview subjects
Art schools are no stranger to weird shit. Take that time a Goldsmiths grad dumped 29 tonnes of carrots on campus, leading to a group of anti-carrot protestors who lamented the student wasting so much food. And then there was that Central Saint Martins student who was supposed to lose his anal virginity for a performance piece, but ended up eating a bunch of bananas inside a booth instead.
Of course, British art schools have always produced some very innovative and creative minds – Tracey Emin, Jenny Saville, Chris Ofili etc – who might never have achieved recognition had they been quiet and retiring normies. Emin once took a sledgehammer to the paintings she produced while at the Royal College of Arts, after all. Which makes it all the more depressing that government funding for art and design courses in the UK will