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Sophia Kosmaoglou is an artist, curator and tutor. She teaches studio practice, curating, critical theory, history and philosophy of art, video and film production. She taught Critical Studies and Studio Practice on BA Fine Art courses at Goldsmiths, University of London (2007-2010) and currently teaches short courses at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL (2009-present). She completed a practice-based PhD at Goldsmiths in 2012. For more information please visit videomole.tv

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📌 Artquest One to One 🍒 Art+Critique Summer 2022

📌 Artquest One to One 🍒 Art+Critique Summer 2022

As we await the arrival of summer the pandemic appears to be at bay, but only by giving way to new fronts of crisis, disinformation, struggle and resistance. Artists have been particularly impacted in the last two years and still reeling as we emerge into the new dystopian normal, so you’re not alone. Book a free advice session with Artquest One to One to discuss your practice and plans for the future – new dates in late May and early June will be posted soon.

The Summer 2022 Art+Critique online course starts on Saturday, 23 April and continues for 16 weeks until 6 August 2022. The course is popular beyond the London bubble and Covid is still creating some uncertainty, so there are no immediate plans for face-to-face courses. We have just wrapped up the Autumn/Winter 2021-22 course and it’s always sad when the regular meetings with a fantastic group of beaming faces come to an end. But we’re hatching a plan for follow-up sessions for alumni of the course. If that is you please stay tuned and I will be in touch with more info.

The Festival of Alternative Art Education is still postponed indefinitely for the time-being but I’m looking forward to restart the Co-operative art school? action-research project with an new strategy. If you have completed the co-operative art school survey please stay tuned for news and updates. If not then head over there and fill it in because I might finally have the chance to compile the report during the break. Hope you get some sun whether you’re taking time off or raging on 🐞

📌 Artquest One to One

Free one-to-one remote advice sessions for London-based artists
Book a free Artquest one-to-one advice session to get feedback about your work, build a strategy for an upcoming project, get practical career advice, discuss the logistics of operating as an artist and find out about other arts organisations and how they can support you. New dates in late May and early June coming soon.

🍒 Art + Critique

Critical & Contextual Studies in Art Practice Online, Summer 2022
This course integrates practice and theory to address our concepts of art, how they are being transformed and the problems of making and exhibiting art in the broader context of social conflict. The curriculum surveys essential histories and discourses of contemporary art, demystifies the art world and provides multiple entry points into critical theory. The lectures address the questions of what art is, how it is judged, how it relates to society and what is at stake for artists today. The programme fosters collaborative study and provides practical tools in workshops and group feedback sessions.
23 Apr – 6 Aug 2022, Saturdays 10:00-12:30 BST (GMT+1), for 16 weeks
Course fee £360 / Concessions £288
For more information and to register please visit the course page. For detailed information on the schedule, lectures and reading please download the course outline. If the course fees are a barrier to your participation please get in touch so that we can find a way to make it more accessible for you.

📢 Outpost Online & Art+Critique 🍒🚀

📢 Outpost Online & Art+Critique 🍒🚀

It’s been a long hard slog but things are starting to look up with the easing of restrictions and a potential end in sight for Covid. In the meantime, if you’re feeling stuck or want to hatch some plans sign up for a free advice session with Artquest Outpost Online.

The next Art + Critique online course begins on Thu, 14 Oct 2021 and continues over two terms until 10 Mar 2022. I will continue to offer this course online to accommodate those who wish to participate from outside London and the UK. If you’re interested in a face-to-face course in London please stay tuned for updates when this becomes a viable option.

The Festival of Alternative Art Education is still postponed indefinitely due to restrictions on large indoor events, please stay tuned for updates and new dates when the events can go ahead.

📢 Outpost Online

Free one-to-one remote advice sessions for London based artists
https://www.artquest.org.uk/project/outpost-online/

I’m very excited to be working with Artquest to provide one-to-one advice sessions to answer your questions and provide feedback on your work. This is an opportunity to get practical career advice, discuss the logistics of operating as an artist, and find out more about other services and organisations that can help you navigate the art world in these unprecedented times. When booking you can select which advisor you would like to meet based on their areas of expertise. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is conducted on either Skype or Zoom. The sessions are very popular so you are asked to book one session per year. The regular advisors are not all available every month, so if the slots are booked up or if your chosen advisor isn’t available please try again the following month.

🍒 Art + Critique

Critical & Contextual Studies in Art Practice Online Course
https://videomole.tv/artncritique

This course integrates practice and theory to address our concepts of art, how they are being transformed and the problems of making art in the broader context of social conflict. The syllabus will help you develop your practice and research in a series of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and off-site visits. The lectures series surveys the histories and discourses of contemporary art, demystifies the art world and provides multiple entry points into critical theory. The programme fosters experimentation and collaborative study in a community of peers, and provides practical tools to empower you to pursue your practice with confidence.

Course aims, outcomes & learning objectives
By the end of the course participants will have a sound grasp of the historical underpinnings and current debates in contemporary art. They will be able to critically discuss and evaluate contemporary art. Participants will leave the course with critical awareness of contemporary art practice, a road map and a toolbox of methodologies for their continuing practice and the confidence to pursue it independently.

Who is it for?
The course is open to everyone at any stage of their career or level of experience but it is particularly suited to those who have a background and experience in art and wish to develop their practice and extend their knowledge of contemporary art practices and discourses.

Art + Critique: Critical and Contextual Studies in Art Practice Online Course
Thu, 14 Oct 2021 – Thu, 10 Mar 2022 with a five-week Winter Break
Every Thursday 6:30pm-8:30pm GMT+1 (BST)
Course fee: £340 / Concessions £272. If the course fees are a barrier to your participation please get in touch so that we can find a way to make it more accessible for you.

For more information about the course schedule, lectures and reading please visit the page and/or download the Course Outline

New course: Art + Critique

New course: Art + Critique

Very excited to launch a new course! It combines almost a year’s worth of critical studies lectures and seminars, group tutorials and workshops into one term so it’s going to be pretty intense. Designed during the transition from lockdown to whatever it is we have now, it tries to make up for some of the community, context, interaction, challenge, motivation, freedom and future horizons that we lost in the last six months.

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(Slow) Marathon: riveting + inspirational!

(Slow) Marathon: riveting + inspirational!

Thanks to everyone who came along and contributed to the Alternative Art Education (Slow) Marathon! We launched URgh!#1, amplified the movement, opened up the discussion on some of the more esoteric aspects of self-organised art education, demonstrated the possibilities of online education and had a lot of fun!

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URgh!#1 at the (Slow) Marathon

URgh!#1 at the (Slow) Marathon

URgh!#1 July 2020 on Alt. Art Education. Front Cover by Emma Edmondson
URgh!#1 July 2020 on Alt. Art Education. Front Cover by Emma Edmondson

URgh! #1 has arrived and it looks great! Thanks to Footprint Workers Co-op and to all the contributors for their amazing work!

The zine launch is on Sat, 25 July at the (Slow) Marathon, get your printed or digital copy on the day from this page. Continue reading URgh!#1 at the (Slow) Marathon

Self-organisation for a co-operative art school: report

Self-organisation for a co-operative art school: report

Self-organisation for a co-operative art school, Antiuniversity Now! 2020.Many thanks to the participants who joined the workshop for their contributions and their patience! I can only hope that it was as useful for them as it for me. I was very excited to meet them and hear about their backgrounds, practices and reasons for joining the workshop. Many are members of collectives or cooperatives and it was especially good to have people drop in from Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Madrid! Continue reading Self-organisation for a co-operative art school: report

Interview with Feral Art School

Feral Art School: an interview with Jayne Jones and Jackie Goodman

Feral Art School is a Hull-based co-operative founded in 2018. The art school offers courses in drawing, painting, printmaking and textiles, as well as day schools in fashion and documentary photography. I caught up with Jayne Jones and Jackie Goodman to find out how they set up the co-operative and hear more about the programme, their working methods and expectations for the future. Read their fascinating insights on coops, the ambiguities of their structure and the challenges and debates around funding and accreditation.

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Self-organisation for a co-operative art school – Antiuniversity Now! 2020

Self-organisation for a co-operative art school

A workshop on self-organisation and collectivity for a cooperative art school

Fri, 12 Jun 2020, 6-9pm
All welcome, please book your place
This event is part of Antinuniversity Now! Festival 2020, 6-13 June

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Artquest Research Residency at Conway Hall Library

Artquest Research Residency at Conway Hall Library

As higher education gears up for two more weeks of strikes about pensions, casualisation, workload and pay levels, and independent unions continue their campaigns on wages, outsourcing and zero hours contracts, the extent of the reforms that the 2010 student protests and occupations were fighting becomes all too clear.

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Festival of Alternative Art Education 2020

Festival of Alternative Art Education 2020

The Festival of Alternative Art Education 2020 has been postponed! It will now take place on 25 July 2020 at Conway Hall, bringing together alternative art schools, peer-support groups with stalls, workshops, discussions, screenings, tours, installations, performances, the exhibition The Secret Is Out: on the theme of cooperation and the launch of URgh! Zine on self-organised, DIY, peer-led art schools and collectives. Continue reading Festival of Alternative Art Education 2020

OPEN CALL: URgh! zine #1 on Alternative Art Education

OPEN CALL: URgh! zine #1 on Alternative Art Education

Submissions are open for the first issue of URgh! on alternative art education. The zine will explore and document alternative art education in self-organised, DIY, peer-led art schools and collectives.

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Conway Hall Residency: Interview 1

Conway Hall Residency 2019: Interview 1

Listen to the first interview with Nick Kaplony from Artquest on the Conway Hall Research Residency. We explore the objectives of my research at Conway Hall, the idea of a cooperative art school and some of the key concerns in my practice, such as the legitimising role of the institution and the need for alternative models of art education.

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A co-operative art school? Workshops at Conway Hall

Workshops for a co-operative art school

What would a co-operative art school look like? How would it work? Who is it for and what would the benefits be? Come along to a series of workshops at Conway Hall to discuss these questions and collectively explore potential models for a co-operative form of art education. Please click here for more information on the workshop series. To book please follow the links below.

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Something for Everybody

Many thanks to everyone who came along to our events in February. We’re thrilled to welcome Eva Ruschkowski as the new Symposium book club coordinator. A very special to thanks to her for facilitating the book club on Claire Bishop’s Artificial Hells last month.

This Friday, 8 March, 7-9pm we’re discussing the chapter on Easter Island in Jared Diamond’s book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive. This book club will be facilitated by Tere Chad and Alter Us. Please follow the links for more info, to download the text and book your place. If you would like to facilitate the book club in future please visit the page for more info and come along to get involved.

Many thanks to everyone who came along to the launch of the Radical Pedagogy Reading Group. It was great to hear about everyone’s practice and particular interest in radical pedagogy and alternative art education. There was such a diversity of perspectives and questions, we’re very excited at the prospect of collaborating and learning together. The next session will take place on 24 March, 2-4pm at the Alternative Art School Weekender, a three-day festival and art school organised by TOMA (The Other MA) at Ugly Duck from Fri to Sun, 22-24 March. We’ve put an excellent programme together, check out the website for more details and come along.

On Saturday, 23 March, 12-4pm we’re running a collaborative DIY workshop at the festival to collect ideas on How To Start Your Own Art School in a handy and entertaining guide. Come along with your tips, ideas, stories, anecdotes, advice and full-blown manifestos! We will use all kinds of techniques, including collage, drawing, calligraphy and cut up poetry to produce A6 zine (105mm x 148mm). Materials and tools will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. If you can’t come along to the workshop you can send your readymade page beforehand to info@artandcritique.uk.

The art crawl is back this month, join us on the last Saturday to view and discuss three artists’ films from Mayfair to Fitzrovia with Eva Ruschkowski. For more details and to book your place please follow the links.

Looking forward to see you there.

[SYMPOSIUM]#34 Jared Diamond Collapse. Flyer by Tere Chad.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Jared Diamond: Collapse. How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive

Friday, 8 March 2019, 7pm – 9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Alter Us
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

Sophia Kosmaoglou [2017] Art Skool Co-op Poster_thumb[ART&CRITIQUE] WORKSHOP
How To Start Your Own Art School
Saturday, 23 March 2019, 12-4pm
Ugly Duck, 49 Tanner St, London SE1 3PL
Alternative Art School Weekender 22-24 March
All welcome

ART&CRITIQUE workshop, First Alternative Education Open-Day 2017. Photo School of the Damned(1)_thumb400_1[ART&CRITIQUE] RADICAL PEDAGOGY RESEARCH & READING GROUP
What is alternative art education?
Sunday, 24 March 2019, 2-4pm
Ugly Duck, 49 Tanner St, London SE1 3PL
Alternative Art School Weekender 22-24 March
All welcome

artcrawl#14_thumb[ART&CRITIQUE] ART CRAWL
Mayfair to Fitzrovia: Joy, Dance, Magic
Saturday, 30 March 2019, 13:45 – 17:00
Meet 13:45 at Lévy Gorvy, 22 Old Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 4PY
Curated by Eva Ruschkowski
Free, booking via Eventbrite

Philip Guston [1973] Painting, Smoking, Eating. Oil on canvas, 196.8 x 262.9 cm.[OPPORTUNITIES & ANNOUNCEMENTS]
March 2018
The list of opportunities,
open calls, deadlines,
announcements & vacancies
is updated regularly.

IMAGE CREDITS
Flyer for SYMPOSIUM#34 Jared Diamond: Collapse, by Tere Chad.
Sophia Kosmaoglou [2017] Art Skool Co-op Poster.
Workshop, First Alternative Education Open-Day 2017. Photo by School of the Damned.
Flyer for ARTCRAWL#16 Mayfair to Fitzrovia, by Eva Ruskowski.
Philip Guston [1973] Painting, Smoking, Eating. Oil on canvas, 196.8 x 262.9 cm.

Collaboration and Pedagogy

On Friday, 8 February 2019 we’re discussing the first chapter of Claire Bishop’s book Artificial Hells with Eva Ruschkowski. This book club is fully booked, please check the Eventbrite page on the day of the event for returns.

Interested in alternative art education? Want to help start an alternative art school? Send us your contributions for the Radical Pedagogy Research & Reading Group draft syllabus by Friday, 15 February 2019, final version to be determined collectively at the launch on Friday, 22 February 2019. Please see the event page for more details.

Jeremy Deller and Mike Figgis [2001] The Battle of Orgreave.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Claire Bishop: Artificial Hells
Friday, 8 February, 7pm – 9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Eva Ruschkowski
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

ART&CRITIQUE workshop, First Alternative Education Open-Day 2017. Photo School of the Damned.[ART&CRITIQUE] RADICAL PEDAGOGY RESEARCH & READING GROUP
Radical Pedagogy Reading Group Launch
Friday, 22 Feb 2019, 7pm – 9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Closest stations: Whitechapel / Aldgate East
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

Philip Guston [1973] Painting, Smoking, Eating. Oil on canvas, 196.8 x 262.9 cm.[OPPORTUNITIES & ANNOUNCEMENTS]
February 2018
The list of opportunities, open calls, deadlines, announcements & vacancies is updated regularly.
If you would like to post your listing for open calls, opportunities or vacancies on the list please send us the details.

IMAGE CREDITS
Jeremy Deller and Mike Figgis [2001] The Battle of Orgreave (detail).
ART&CRITIQUE workshop, First Alternative Education Open-Day 2017. Photo by School of the Damned (detail).
Philip Guston [1973] Painting, Smoking, Eating. Oil on canvas, 196.8 x 262.9 cm.

Xmas Xtra: Open Calls

Many thanks to Neil Lamont for facilitating the excellent discussion on The Idea of Communism and to everyone who came and along and contributed in December.

Join us on Friday, 11 January 2019 to help steer the course for the Book Club. We will discuss the reading agenda and how to shape decision making processes in the group. Come along to share your ideas about texts that help you think about your own practice, theory and research. You don’t need to be an expert: Everyone is welcome to propose a text and facilitate the reading group.

We’ve issued more tickets for the first meeting of the Radical Pedagogy Research & Reading Group! To book your place please fill in the submission and booking form and we will confirm your booking. This event sold out immediately and we can’t accommodate the level of interest it has generated. Start your local radical pedagogy reading group today!

critical theory in contemporary art practice_banner[ART&CRITIQUE] COURSE
Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice
10 January – 14 March 2019, 6pm–8:30pm
Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU
Tutor Sophia Kosmaoglou
Booking via UAL

Photo by Eva Ruschkowski, 2015. [SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Call for Book Club 2019
Friday, 11 January 2019, 6:30pm – 9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Facilitated by Dee Vora, John Fortnum and Eva Ruschkowski
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

ART&CRITIQUE workshop, First Alternative Education Open-Day 2017. Photo School of the Damned.[ART&CRITIQUE] RADICAL PEDAGOGY RESEARCH & READING GROUP
Radical Pedagogy Reading Group Launch
Friday, 22 Feb 2019, 7pm – 9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Closest stations: Whitechapel / Aldgate East
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

Philip Guston [1973] Painting, Smoking, Eating. Oil on canvas, 196.8 x 262.9 cm.[OPPORTUNITIES & ANNOUNCEMENTS]
January 2019
The list of opportunities, open calls, deadlines, announcements & vacancies is updated regularly.
If you would like to post your listing for open calls, opportunities or vacancies on the list please send us the details.

IMAGE CREDITS
Photo by Eva Ruschkowski, 2015.
ART&CRITIQUE workshop, First Alternative Education Open-Day 2017. Photo by School of the Damned.
Tom Worsfold [2016] Hangover Apparition. Acrylic on canvas.

The Idea of Communism

Thanks to Silvia Bombardini and Elliot C. Mason for facilitating the excellent discussion on Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism in November, and to everyone who came and along and contributed.

Next Friday, 14 December we’re discussing two chapters from the The Idea of Communism (2010), chapter 6 Lear or Gonzalo by Terry Eagleton, and chapter 15 How to begin from the beginning by Slavoj Zizek. This book club is facilitated by Neil Lamont. Please visit the website to download the text and book your place.

Join us on Friday, 22 February 2019 for the first meeting of the Radical Pedagogy Research & Reading Group, a monthly forum and research project on alternative art education, radical pedagogy and self-organisation, with the practical aim of informing the development of an alternative studio programme. We will exchange ideas and determine the syllabus for the reading group. For more information and a draft reading list please visit the page.

[SYMPOSIUM]#31 Eagleton & Zizek Idea of Communism. Flyer by Neil Lamont_thumb[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Eagleton & Zizek: The Idea of Communism
Friday, 14 December 2018, 6:30pm – 9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Neil Lamont
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

critical theory in contemporary art practice_banner[ART&CRITIQUE] COURSE
Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice
10 January – 14 March 2019, 6pm–8:30pm
Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU
Tutor Sophia Kosmaoglou
Booking via UAL

ART&CRITIQUE workshop, First Alternative Education Open-Day 2017. Photo School of the Damned.[ART&CRITIQUE] RADICAL PEDAGOGY READING GROUP
Radical Pedagogy Research & Reading Group Meeting#1
Friday, 22 Feb 2019, 7pm – 9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Closest stations: Whitechapel / Aldgate East
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

Philip Guston [1973] Painting, Smoking, Eating. Oil on canvas, 196.8 x 262.9 cm.[OPPORTUNITIES & ANNOUNCEMENTS]
December 2018
The list of opportunities, open calls, deadlines, announcements & vacancies is updated regularly.
If you would like to post your listing for open calls, opportunities or vacancies on the list please use the contact form to send us the details.

IMAGE CREDITS
Neil Lamont [2018] Flyer for [SYMPOSIUM]#32 Eagleton & Zizek: The Idea of Communism (detail).
ART&CRITIQUE workshop, First Alternative Education Open-Day 2017. Photo by School of the Damned.
Philip Guston [1973] Painting, Smoking, Eating. Oil on canvas, 196.8 x 262.9 cm.

The Big Other Looms

Many thanks to everyone who came along and contributed to our events in October! Thanks to all those who came to the candle-lit book club, with a very special thanks to Dee Vora and Penelope Kupfer for facilitating.

On Friday, 9 November Silvia Bombardini and Elliot Mason will be facilitating the third in a series of book clubs on Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher, continuing with chapters 6-7 (pages 43-65) on bureaucracy, dreams and memory.

Many thanks to everyone who came along and contributed to our quarterly meeting. We have a new volunteer coordinator for the book club! The group will reconvene at 6:30pm on 11 January 2019 to set a new course and syllabus. Please add the date to your diaries and come along with your suggestions and reading proposals.

Also in January 2019 we will have the first meeting of the research and reading group on radical pedagogy, alternative art education and self-organisation. The broader aim of this group is to create a forum for the discussion of alternative art education, with the practical aim of creating a syllabus for an alternative studio programme. The first meeting will take place at 6:30pm on 25 January 2019 to determine the syllabus and structure of the reading group. Please come along and bring your proposals, suggestions, ideas and questions.

More details on these events will be published in December. The date of the next quarterly meeting has provisionally been set for 6:30pm on 22 Feb 2019 at Larc.

Please join us for a drink this Friday, 9 November after the book club to celebrate our third birthday.

[SYMPOSIUM]#31 Fisher Capitalist Realism Pt.3[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Mark Fisher: Capitalist Realism Pt.3
Friday, 9 November 2018, 6:30pm – 9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Silvia Bombardini & Elliot C. Mason
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

critical theory in contemporary art practice_banner[ART&CRITIQUE] COURSE
Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice
10 January – 14 March 2019, 6pm–8:30pm
Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU
Tutor Sophia Kosmaoglou
Booking via UAL

IMAGE CREDITS Nicolas Copernicus (1543) Heliocentrism. De revolutionibus Orbium coelestium, libri IV. Philip Guston [1973] Painting, Smoking, Eating. Oil on canvas, 196.8 x 262.9 cm.[OPPORTUNITIES & ANNOUNCEMENTS]
November 2018
The list of opportunities, open calls, deadlines, announcements & vacancies is updated regularly.
If you would like to post your listing for open calls, opportunities or vacancies on the list please send us the details.

IMAGE CREDITS
Elliot C. Mason [2018] Flyer for Symposium #31 Mark Fisher: Capitalist Realism Pt.3 (detail).

Philip Guston [1973] Painting, Smoking, Eating. Oil on canvas, 196.8 x 262.9 cm.

Separation Perfected

1 Creekside. Deptford Art & Gentrification Walk Pt.2, 29 Oct 2018.
1 Creekside. Deptford Art & Gentrification Walk Pt.2, 29 Oct 2018.
Frank Magennis talking about Deptford Cinema. Photo by Darshana Vora.
Frank Magennis talking about Deptford Cinema. Deptford Art & Gentrification Walk Pt.2, 29 Oct 2018. Photo by Darshana Vora.

Many thanks to everyone who came along and contributed to our events in September.

A very special thanks to all the participants, artists, activists, venues, galleries and studios that we visited on the Deptford Art & Gentrification Walk. Many thanks to the campaigners, to everyone who helped out and to everyone we encountered along the way.

Very excited to be gearing up for the second independent Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice course on Monday.

Our next event of the season is the book club on 12 October with a discussion on the Culmination of Separation, the first chapter of Guy Debord’s book the Society of the Spectacle. The discussion will be facilitated by Penelope Kupfer and Darshana Vora.

Our first quarterly meeting is on Friday, 26 October 6:30-8:30pm at Larc and everyone is welcome to attend and contribute to our plans for the future. We will discuss the book club, the proposal for a research and reading group on radical pedagogy, alternative art education and self-organisation, a new alternative studio programme and a new series of feedback sessions.

Patrick Mimran [2004] Billboard Project, New York. Photo Sophia Kosmaoglou. Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice [ART&CRITIQUE] COURSE[ART&CRITIQUE] COURSE
Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice
Mondays, 8 Oct–3 Dec 2018, 6:30pm-9pm & Sat 27 Oct, 2:30pm-5pm
Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Street, London SE8 4RJ
Tutor Sophia Kosmaoglou
Booking via Eventbrite

Jenny Holzer [1993] Alienation produces eccentrics or revolutionaries. Marquees series.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Debord: The Culmination of Separation
Friday, 12 October 2018, 18:30–21:00
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Penelope Kupfer & Darshana Vora
Suggested donation £2, booking link coming soon

Open Meeting[ART&CRITIQUE] MEETING
Quarterly Meeting
Friday, 26 October 2018, 18:30-20:30
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Closest stations: Whitechapel / Aldgate East
All welcome

IMAGE CREDITS Nicolas Copernicus (1543) Heliocentrism. De revolutionibus Orbium coelestium, libri IV. Philip Guston [1973] Painting, Smoking, Eating. Oil on canvas, 196.8 x 262.9 cm.[OPPORTUNITIES & ANNOUNCEMENTS]
October 2018
The list of opportunities, open calls, deadlines, announcements & vacancies is updated regularly.
If you would like to post your listing for open calls, opportunities or vacancies on the list please use the contact form to send us the details.

IMAGE CREDITS
Jenny Holzer [1993] ‘Alienation produces eccentrics or revolutionaries’. Marquees series.
Philip Guston [1973] Painting, Smoking, Eating. Oil on canvas, 196.8 x 262.9 cm.

Bursary Outcome Announced

Many thanks to those who applied for the Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice Bursary! We received a high volume of inspiring applications from candidates who practice across a range of media and disciplines including sculpture, installation, painting, writing, design, sound, performance,  social engagement, activism and curating.

It was a very close and difficult decision, the selection was based on criteria that prioritised the needs of each candidate. The quality of the work and the level of commitment throughout was impressive and inspiring, as were the many crossovers between the projects. It would be a privilege to have all the candidates on the course.

The criteria for selection included a correspondence between the candidates’ research questions and the course topics, a demonstrable need for a supportive pedagogical environment, an unconventional and experimental practice motivated by a spirit of enquiry, an active interest in pedagogy and the politics of education and a motivation to collaborate with others.

Renata Minoldo Bursary Recipient

Congratulations to Renata Minoldo who is the Bursary recipient, we look forward to welcome her on the course. Renata explores the physical, spiritual and emotional body through sculpture, installation and participatory workshops, in her own words “My practice flows from the haptic to the ethereal, subtle experience”. She aims to bring emotional states into a physical dimension by creating objects and environments, using her practice as a tool to develop and research ideas of sensuality, self knowledge and healing. Renata self-consciously questions her practice while exploring the possibilities of an affective and embodied form of critical practice. She sees herself as a conduit that is activated in the process of making physical objects and organising collaborative experiences that help her understand her practice. She is a member of School of the Damned Class 2018 and facilitates workshops for adults and children researching alternative learning and teaching methods involving interdisciplinary practices and non hierarchical education. renataminoldo.com

Renata Minoldo and Natasha Cox [2018] Being in the Body. Environmental Installation and experimental workshop. Event commissioned by Guest Projects on their 10th year anniversary. Photos by Ania Mokrzycka.
Renata Minoldo and Natasha Cox [2018] Being in the Body. Environmental Installation and experimental workshop. Event commissioned by Guest Projects on their 10th year anniversary. Photos by Ania Mokrzycka.
Miki Holloway First Runner-Up

Miki Holloway has a practice that produces social forms. This includes a critique group, improvised narrative workshops, multi-media dialogues, performance and creating new social configurations. He experiments with context and setting to explore and re-negotiate the potential of institutions and social contexts to affect how meaning is produced.  He interrogates the role of authorship on social structures and the pragmatics of participation by blurring the boundaries between authors, collaborators and participants. Miki’s practice researches the artists’ role within capitalism, the potential for atomized spectators to become connected producers and the potential for art to have a political emancipatory effect. Miki is an associate at Set Studios’ in Bermondsey, he has contributed to Grizedale Arts programme of community-orientated work and he runs community art workshops on mental health. He has exhibited in group exhibitions, published zines and written articles on the Politics of Participation, Psychosomatic Muscle Tension, Ontology and Toxic Masculinity. Miki is also a political activist with experience and training in horizontal organizing and direct action. mikiholloway.com

Miki Holloway [2018] B.o.a.t, number 9, Set Studios 07/08/2018. Illustration by Rachel Sale.
Miki Holloway [2018] B.o.a.t, number 9, Set Studios 07/08/2018. Illustration by Rachel Sale.
Charlie Pritchard Second Runner-Up

Charlie Pritchard’s art practice focuses on immaterial or invisible forces and investigates how mediums such as performance, video, sound and text can channel imaginative frameworks and activate objects and places. He is interested in topics such as the relationship between matter and thinking, the paranormal, collective unconscious, perennial philosophy and how contemporary scientific theory collapses the distinctions between subject and object. Charlie’s research based practice relies on a community of peers. He studied at Arts University Bournemouth and engaged in theoretical research by attending symposia. He participated in the Many Voices residency at Wysing Arts Centre and delivered a presentation on Steven Connor’s Dumbstruck: a cultural history of Ventriloquism and the disembodied voice. He is a member of The Noematic Collective, a sound collective that responds to the hierarchy of vision in culture and education. charliepritchard.co.uk

Charlie Pritchard [2018] Through a “Medium” of Aether. Interclamp, Pioneer plasmas, Sun lounger, Polystyrene Balls, 25 mins.
Charlie Pritchard [2018] Through a “Medium” of Aether. Interclamp, Pioneer plasmas, Sun lounger, Polystyrene Balls, 25 mins.