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Wednesday 1 March 2017

Working it out: Dreaming of youthful enthusiasms

John Masterson

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill

Churchill said something along the lines that if you are not Liberal in your 20s you have no heart, and if you are not Conservative by your 40s you have no brain. The quote has been recycled many times but the sentiment stays much the same.

These thoughts were much in my mind when I visited the Glasgow School of Art Degree Show recently to have a look at the work of the current crop. I try to believe that I have never become too conservative with the passing years but I know life has taken its toll on youthful beliefs like "all people are innately good" and that "given the right environment people will flourish." I now know that people make a lot of their own reality, and that lazy, good-for-nothing sods exist.

There has always been that bit of mystique about art students. They were immortalised in Roger McGough and Mike McGear's (Paul McCartney's brother) Scaffold album years ago. It is hard not to think of people who went to art college as being very cool and sexy. When you look at the biogs of all sort of innovative people, lo and behold they did a spell in art college.

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