HOLMFIRTH artist Ashley Jackson is to take part in a debate about the decline of art in schools.
Ashley, 63, will be a panel member in a debate at the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds.
It is being held by the Royal Society of Arts as part of its 250th anniversary celebrations.
The debate will explore the reasons why children are not getting enough time for art in schools and what should happen to change that.
Ashley said: "It's become a game of tiddlywinks, knocking the arts down the agenda rather than raising them up."
Other panellists in the Arts Pushed Out debate will be Emmerdale scriptwriter Lisa Holdsworth, Yorkshire Sculpture Park head of education Anna Bowman and debate chairman Phil Simmons, of Yorkshire Art Circus.
The debate, next Tuesday, will also focus on ways of shedding art's pretentious image and encouraging young people to experiment with it.
The Royal Society of Arts is hoping its Big Arts Week event will help young people get into art.
The nationwide event - which runs from June 21 to 25 - will involve artists, including Ashley, visiting schools around the country.
For more information visit www.bigarts eek.com.