UAL Chancellor Grayson Perry and 17 other leading artists, teachers, graphic designers, filmmakers, fashion designers, museum curators, sculptors and award-winning writers have come together to debate the creative behaviours needed for success and why they should form the foundation of education.

The Creative Stance, a book co-published by UAL and Common-Editions, has been released to coincide with UAL 30 Years On – a year of events and activity marking three decades since the London Institute, now UAL, formed to save London’s prestigious art and design colleges.

With new essays and creative conversations with artists such as Sonia Boyce (Artist, RA and UAL Professor), artist Bob and Roberta Smith, and award winning artist and writer Edmund de Waal OBE (author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes), The Creative Stance is essential reading for anyone involved in the creative arts.

The book also unearths rare insights into creative teachers and practices which have almost mythical status, including the legendary ‘A’ Course teaching methods as well as the culture of the ‘crit’ as epitomised by the late Louise Wilson, former Head of MA Fashion at Central Saint Martins, UAL.

As Nigel Carrington, UAL Vice Chancellor, sets out in the introduction:

Creativity is widely felt to be innate, something you are born with – in fact unknowable. The Creative Stance shows that creativity is understandable. This is a manifesto for creative education anywhere in the world.

The Creative Stance features newly-commissioned writing by a host of leading figures from the creative world as well as more than 20 new twenty new illustrations by Jay Cover.

Contributors to The Creative Stance: Nigel Carrington, Grayson Perry, Siobhan Davies, Fred Deakin, Edmund de Waal, Cécile B. Evans, Richard Deacon, Mark Dunhill, Stephen Farthing, Neil Cummings, Mary Katrantzou, Jane Rapley, Susanne Tide-Frater, Lucy Orta, Sophia Al-Maria, William Raban, Pratap Rughani, Sonya Dyakova, Phil Baines, Teal Triggs, Lawrence Zeegen, Bob and Roberta Smith, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Nils Norman, Helen Storey, Sonia Boyce, Roger Hiorns, Scott King, Tom Morton and Sandy Nairne.

Extract from The Creative Stance

Extract from The Creative Stance

The book is available to order online via the publishers website and is available in all good bookshops