Art School is the new company being set up to support the education sector and arts industry to come together to improve and protect arts education.

Director Jennifer Tuckett has worked to improve arts education in the UK over the course her career and was most recently the first Course Leader of the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, one of the world’s leading colleges of the arts and design. The degree is Central Saint Martin’s first ever creative degree, which Jennifer quickly established as one of the UK’s leading scriptwriting courses, run with 11 leading industry Masters. Jennifer’s other work includes creating or co-creating University Women in the Arts (with Tonic Theatre and the Women of the Future Programme), The Student Guide to Writing series (with the Bush Theatre and Oberon Books) and London Writers’ Week (with The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, BBC Writersroom, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland, Tamasha, the London Playwrights Blog, the National Assocation of Writers in Education and others) as part of her campaign to improve arts education. Previously, Jennifer developed pilot projects on teaching writing for online drama and radio drama with the BBC, established the UK’s first formally industry partnered MA in Playwriting, and ran “Write by the Quays” with BBC Writersroom to celebrate the launch of MediaCityUK. Jennifer’s awards include being a finalist for the Women of the Future Arts and Culture Award for her work.

Co-Director David Evan Giles is a writer and teacher. David wrote and directed the award-winning short film, Waiting For The Turning of the Earth. The film stars Barry Otto (Bliss, and all of Baz Luhrmann’s Australian films) and Anne Louise Lambert (The Draughtsman’s Contract and Picnic At Hanging Rock). For the script of this film, David received a nomination for an Australian Academy Award (AACTA). David also co-wrote and co-produced Paradise Road (Fox Searchlight), raising a major proportion of the finance for what was then the largest budget in Australian film history ($26m). Paradise Road starred Oscar nominees Glenn Close and Pauline Collins and Oscar winner Frances McDormand. The film also launched Oscar-Winner Cate Blanchett’s feature film career. David also co-wrote and produced the feature film, Under The Lighthouse Dancing, starring award-winning actors, Naomi Watts, Jack Thompson and Jacqueline Mackenzie. David has lectured at universities in the UK, Canada and Australia and has experience as a classroom teacher in schools, with a focus on English and Drama. He is deeply concerned that, without training in and exposure to the arts, the next generation of school students across the UK will be held back from developing their individual creative voices, so vital to the life of the nation.