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Winchester School of Art

Brian Eno in conversation with Paul Morley

Published: 5 November 2010

Winchester School of Art students were lucky enough to have a visit from Brian Eno, WSA alumnus and founder of Roxy Music. Eno talked at length to Paul Morley, NME journalist and critic, about his time at art school and why so much popular music came out of art schools in the 60s and 70s.

At Ipswich School of Art in 1964, Eno was a student of Roy Ascott, another of whose alumni was Pete Townshend, founder of The Who.
Eno described his first project, where pairs of students had to invent games or tests to assess character. They then had to spend the following 10 weeks of term living in the opposite way to their character assessment. This disorienting  and exciting approach was born of the idea that artists exist to rethink society and that first they have to change themselves.
After the "extraordinary experiment" of Ipswich, Eno studied at WSA for three years, which in comparison he found conventional. He has recently obtained his student records and now seemed slightly fonder towards his tutors, realising how hard they had tried to help him.
Following his talk, Eno met with current students at WSA to hear about their experiences of art school.

Students chatted about art school life
Post-lecture with Brian Eno

Key facts

Brian Eno studied Fine Art at WSA from 1966 to 1969

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