BIID SUPPORTS “BACC FOR THE FUTURE CAMPAIGN”
The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) has announced its support of the ‘BACC for the Future Campaign’.
This high profile campaign has been launched in response to the new proposed English Baccalaureate (EBacc) qualification, which leaves out the study of creative subjects such as Art, Music, Design and Technology, Dance and Drama.
The BIID supports the campaign’s call to include creative subjects as a sixth pillar within the EBacc, as suggested by Darren Henley in his Review of Cultural Education in England. The Government's consultation on the EBacc has now closed, but whilst a response is being formulated the Institute is aiming to put pressure on the Government not to exclude creative subjects.
“It would be a travesty if the EBacc did not include a sixth pillar for creative education,” says Sue Timney, BIID President. “English interior designers past and present are celebrated globally for their talent and creativity and our members work on design projects all over the world. I speak from personal experience, when I say that many of these successful designer would never have discovered or developed these skills had it not been for the extensive creative education they received at the crucial pre-16 level.”
She adds, “Early study in the arts will have inspired some of our greatest artists, musicians, designers and dancers. By taking it away we are sure to jeopardise the future of our creative talents. The creative industries also employ millions and contribute heavily to the UK’s economy. It is not only individuals that will suffer, but our economy too.”
Alongside the BIID, key creative industry figureheads are supporting the campaign. These include Tate Director, Nicholas Serota, UK Music CEO, Jo Dipple, Film and Theatre Director, Sir Richard Eyre and Arlene Phillips OBE. Even actor Jude Law spoke out about the subject recently, accusing the government of ‘cultural vandalism’ whilst presenting an award at the Turner Prize 2012 ceremony.
For more information or to show your support visit http://www.baccforthefuture.com/ where you can sign the petition or download a template to contact your local MP.
For further information, please contact:
Jeff Hayward / Lauren Rees
Wildwood Public Relations
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About the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID)
Established in 1966, the BIID is the professional Institute for interior designers in theUK.
The BIID’s growing national and international membership represents both the commercial and residential sectors, from heritage to cutting edge. In addition to rigorous entry requirements that assess training, experience and professionalism, the Institute requires members to continue their professional development throughout their career, ensuring their continued expertise in design process, practice and regulatory matters.
The BIID is the only professional organisation for interior designers which has been granted the prestigious and rare accolade of Institute status by the Minister of State as the pre-eminent body in its field. The Institute’s mission is to encourage and support creativity and competence in the field of interior design through facilitating best practice, practical professional support, development opportunities and education.
On the national stage, the BIID is a full member of the Construction Industry Council and, as a result, is now part of Government consultations to advise on new policy and legislation. Internationally, the BIID is represented on the board of the International Federation of Interior Architects and Designers; the global voice and authority for professional interior architects and designers. More details at www.biid.org.uk.