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New Left Review I/50, July-August 1968

Tom Nairn


Hornsey Art College in North London has been the scene of the most successful student-power movement yet in Britain. The terms of this success are well-known, thanks to the great publicity the take-over attracted. At the time of writing, the students had occupied the College for six weeks—and the occupation was both complete (i.e. involved every aspect of the institution, not only the teaching areas) and continuous (i.e. 24 hours a day, with a permanently open canteen and a considerable number of students sleeping-in). The movement is running an important exhibition-cum-teach-in at the gallery of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and has called a National Conference of Art Colleges to extend the revolution and change the whole system of art education from below.

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