Ey Up Derek Horton
I first met Derek whilst I was an art student at Leeds Metropolitan University. Though he ran a different course to the one I was on, he was always happy to talk, and over the years has a been great source of wisdom – as I’m sure he’s been to many others. Often is the case when talking across generations the younger spends more time talking about their current situation than listening to the other’s experiences; so I am very honoured to have sat down with Derek and learn much more about his life, his unconventional routes into becoming an artist and art educator, as well as certain eras in the art education history of Leeds I had no knowledge of (a very niche interest of mine).
Derek Horton is widely known through his many years in art education, as an artist, a writer, curator, and co-director of &Model gallery, the latter of which we surprisingly didn’t talk about at all.