Category Archives: ALTERNATIVE ART EDUCATION

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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CRITICAL STUDIES BIBLIOGRAPHY

CRITICAL STUDIES BIBLIOGRAPHY

A comprehensive bibliography for the Art + Critique: Critical & Contextual Studies in Art Practice lecture and seminar series. You can use it as a further reading list or to locate references that are not in the handouts. Please click the headings for a drop-down list.

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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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Research Residency at Conway Hall Library

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

Feral Art School – A new Art School for Hull - www.feralartschool.org

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

Feral Art School is a Hull-based cooperative founded in 2018. The school offers courses in drawing, painting, printmaking and textiles, as well as day schools in fashion and documentary photography.  They have a textiles studio and darkroom for Feral members to use as studio and teaching spaces on a cooperative and collective basis. They’ve organised exhibitions in pop up spaces and last summer they hosted the event What Artists Want: What Artists Need, to explore the future of art education, with contributors from organisations and alternative art schools from across the UK. 

Jayne Jones is a painter and Jackie Goodman is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer. They are founding members and project managers of Feral Art School. I caught up with them to find out how they set up the co-operative and hear more about the programme, their working methods and expectations for the future.  They shared fascinating insights about coops and the ambiguities of their structure, membership and constitution, and the challenges and debates around funding and accreditation.

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URgh!#1: alternative art education

URgh!#1: alternative art education

The first issue of URgh! on alternative art education includes critical essays, histories, documents, guides, interviews, fiction, poetry and visual art on alternative art schools, study groups, peer-led and self-organised education, collectivity and collaboration, co-operative art education, mutual aid, alternative economies, creative labour and the critique of neoliberal reforms in higher education. URgh!#1 on alternative art education launches on Saturday, 25 July 2020 at the Alternative Art Education (Slow) Marathon.

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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

The Secret is Out:

28 March – 25 April 2021, Daily 9am-9pm (Library Tue-Thu 10am-5pm)
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Preview: 27 March 2021, 12-7pm
Closing event: 25 April 2021, 6-9pm
Free admission with a ticket: https://conwayhall.org.uk/secret
This exhibition is part of the Festival of Alternative Art Education 2020

The Secret is Out:

…it is unrestrained CO-OPERATION, on the part of ALL the members, for EVERY purpose of social life

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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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