Former MP Tristram Hunt discusses arts and culture at Plaistow college

NewVIc students listen to Tristram Hunt.

NewVIc students listen to Tristram Hunt. - Credit: Archant

Tristram Hunt, former Labour MP and current V&A director, spoke at NewVIc as part of a new platform for students called Votes For Colleges.

NewVIc students listen to Tristram Hunt.

NewVIc students listen to Tristram Hunt. - Credit: Archant

Yesterday’s debate focused on the topic, “Is enough being done to make arts and culture accessible to everyone?”

Speaking to a group of around 45 people at the Prince Regent Lane, Plaistow college, he made the case that the V&A is reaching out to wider audiences, especially those who do not normally access the arts.

He discussed using a range of strategies such as partnering with schools, holding outreach activities and even possibly opening a new museum in east London.

Mr Hunt also discussed the way students can inspire people who work in many different professions and talked about how creative industries are the biggest growth area in the UK.


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The Votes For Colleges programme promotes debate and democracy on a wide range of issues affecting young people.

“Tristram’s talk was very engaging,” Sandra said. “He made sure there was some audience participation and talked about how wide the arts are in this country.”

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