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- Treasury of Charles I provides ?100 to fund an art school, circa 1635
- Sir Godfrey Kneller set up an art school, 1711
- William Hogarth establishes St. Martin's Academy
- Royal Academy of Arts established in 1768, Sir Joshua Reynolds first President
- Govt. votes funding for a Central School of Design, 1836
- Government School of Design opens in Somerset House, 1 June 1837
- Birmingham School of Art established as Government School of Design in 1843
- Norwich School of Art established 1845
- Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood started in 1848 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt, as a reaction against 'stale, formula-driven art' of Royal Academy
- Belfast School of Design established 1849
- Great Exhibition
- Saint Martin's School of Art established 1854
- Brighton School of Art established 1859
- Slade School of Fine Art opens 1871
- Arts and Crafts Movement becomes active
- W R Lethaby first principal of Central School of Art, London 1896
- Euston Road School established 1937
- Committee for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts (CEMA) established, 1940; CEMA incorporated as Arts Council of Great Britain, 1946
- Young Contemporaries exhibition series established 1949 to show the work of graduating artists
- Henry Moore winter International Sculpture Prize, Venice 1948
- Henry Moore winter International Sculpture Prize, Sao Paulo 1953
- An ICA exhibition 'The Developing Process' documents art educational approach reflecting Bauhaus influence, 1959
- In 1960 a National Council for Diplomas in Art and Design (NCDAD) established to validate bulk of art and design courses at degree-equivalent level in UK.
- Fine art associated in public mind with design, style and prominence of London on international stage
- Early efforts to develop creative uses of modern technology within fine art curriculum
- Hubert Dalwood prize winner , Venice, 1962; Roger Hilton winner UNESCO Prize, 1964; Anthony Caro winner First Prize for Sculpture, Venice, 1966
- Staff/student takeover at Hornsey College of Art, May 1968
- Bridget Riley winner of International Painting Prize, Venice, 1968
- Establishment of polytechnics, into which many former art schools digested; controversy erupts with walkout of majority of members of Fine Art Panel of NCDAD 1971
- NCDAD passed responsibility to Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) in 1974 - candidates able to gain honours or Masters degree in art and design subjects. Art collection assembled and gifted to CNAA.
- Process of recognising fine art's valid place within the higher education system leads to award of first PhD in Fine Art by CNAA in 1978
- In 1974 the New Contemporaries annual series of exhibitions show work of graduating artists at Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.
- Publication of results of enquiry into Arts and Higher Education (Ed. Robinson, 1982)
- National Advisory Body seeks reduce fine art provision at degree level in UK, 1983
- Establishment of subject association (National Association for Fine Art Education), 1985
- Establishment of The London Institute, 1986
- Frank Auerbach winner Leone d'Oro, Venice, 1986
- CNAA art collection refurbished, catalogued and exhibited in London, 1992.
- Richard Hamilton winner Leone d'Oro, Venice, 1993; Rachel Whiteread winner of Turner Prize 1993 and medal, Venice 1997; Damien Hirst winner Turner Prize, 1995; Chris Ofili winner turner Prize, 1998
- Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) established, 1998
- Second exhibition of CNAA collection accompanies seminar to launch National Collection proposal, 1999.
- National Art Collection established by JISC, 2003
- Chris Ofili to represent Britain, Venice, 2003
- AHRB to become Research Council
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