Richard Quinn gives a front row seat for art and design students and arts advocacy

Richard Quinn, fashion designer and winner of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, invited students from St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive and Central Saint Martins, to attend and to sit on the front row of the launch of his London Fashion Week collection. These were the schools where, as a student, he had attended.

Not only did Richard offer this incredible experience to these young people, but he used this platform and his voice to raise awareness of the impact of government policies on arts provision in schools. His press release said:

"At a time when real damage is occurring to arts education, I want to point to how substantially its creative power lights the path to our future.

"I had a background where no one really did art and design but I was really encouraged to do it,” After the show he is reported to have added: “Now they’re not classing it as an academic subject which I think is ridiculous – [fashion] is the second most profitable industry in the world. I think it’s really important to make a statement.”

Following the launch and on behalf of NSEAD members, Sophie Leach, assistant general secretary, said: ‘Raising awareness of the value and potential of art, craft and design has never been more important. Since 2010 opportunities to study a broad and balanced arts rich curriculum continue to be eroded. We salute Richard Quinn for giving a front row seat to young people, and to his challenging of policies that have so evidently impacted on the choice and provision of arts and design in schools.’

The Telegraph's report can be read here

The Guardian's report can be read here

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