What Is Art For?

What Is Art For?

When it comes to art, many people are strangely afraid to ask too directly what it might all be for. We flock to museums and galleries like never before, and art’s cultural – and monetary – value has never been higher. Why then does it often leave us cold, baffled, disappointed, or just not knowing where or how to start? We fear not understanding what it’s about, or being found wanting when so many people seem ‘in the know.’

In this class, we learn how to use art as it should be used: as a source of support and encouragement for our better selves. We approach art through a profoundly utilitarian lens, exploring the ways art can speak to the human condition, and go beyond entertainment to offer us consolation and nourishment through the real challenges of our lives.


Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.

These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture, conversation and group activity.  Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.


This class is part of our EQ Certificate Programme. For more information about how to enrol at The School of Life please click here

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The School of Life
70 Marchmont Street

Concessions: we offer a 10% standard ticket price reduction for Students with valid ID, over-65's, un-waged and people with disabilities. To claim your discount please click here or call us on 0207 8331010. Please note that we will check your ID for proof of eligibility on arrival at event.

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Thursday 1st January 1970

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