The first issue of URgh! on alternative art education includes critical essays, guides, documentation, interviews, fiction, poetry and visual art on the histories and documents of alternative art education, peer-support and study groups, self-organisation, collectivity and collaboration, co-operative art education, alternative economies and mutual aid, self-education, the educational turn, creative labour and the critique of neoliberal reforms in higher education. Continue reading URgh!#1: alternative art education→
This series of workshops will explore potential models for a co-operative form of art education. The workshops are participatory and experimental, progressing through stages and open to anyone who would like to contribute. You do not have to come to all workshops, but if you can that would enhance continuity between sessions. Continue reading A co-operative art school? Workshops→
This questionnaire surveys the current level of interest in the creation of a co-operative art school, the potential values, formats and structures of the school, and the questions that we should be asking. All fields are optional, please fill in the survey with as much information as possible. Please refer to the FAQ for background information on each question. The survey data will be collected, collated and shared anonymously for the purposes of this survey only. Your personal data will not be shared. Continue reading A co-operative art school? Survey→
A co-operative art school? is a research project on co-operative education, alternative art education, radical pedagogy, self-organisation and other dimensions of a co-operative learning environment. The project is supported by an Artquest Research Residency at the Conway Hall Humanist Library.
What would a co-operative art school look like? Who is it for and what would the benefits be? How would it work? These are some of the questions that this research project will address. If you would like to contribute you can fill in the survey or scroll down for more ways of getting involved. Please check back soon, this page will be updated regularly with more information and resources. To receive updates please join the mailing list. Continue reading Co-operative Art Education→
The Radical Pedagogy Research Group is a public forum and research project on alternative art education, radical pedagogy and self-organisation, with the practical aim of developing a self-organised alternative studio programme. The reading group meets on the last Friday of every month, it is free and open to everyone who wants to join as long as they commit to the reading. We plan to organise additional workshops, screenings and other events that will emerge from our research. Please book your place and download the reading.
ART&CRITIQUE was a peer-led alternative art education network dedicated to critical engagement with art practice, theory and research. It was founded in November 2015 and based at The Field and LARC. We employed collaborative, co-operative and collective models of pedagogy and organisation and fostered alternative models of art education in a series of public events. Continue reading ART&CRITIQUE (2015-2019)→
The STUDIO CRIT was an opportunity for artists, curators, designers, film-makers and other producers to present their work to an audience of peers for discussion and feedback. These events were free and open to everyone. Please scroll down for the guidelines and event archive. Continue reading STUDIO CRITIQUE→
Overview of alternative art schools, free schools, projects, support networks and vanguards of the alternative education movement. Originally compiled as part of a collaborative research project by ART&CRITIQUE, with contributions from Laura Hudson, Katie Tysoe and Johanna Kwiat. This is a ongoing research project and the page will be updated regularly. Please get in touch if you are associated with a school, project or network that is not on this list, or if you want to amend or expand the entry. Continue reading ALTERNATIVE ART EDUCATION→
Bibliography on self-organisation, DIY, collectivity, co-operation, collaboration, group dynamics and study groups. Most of the links lead to accessible online copies, others link to the publisher’s page or other sources of additional information. Continue reading SELF-ORGANISATION Bibliography→
The SYMPOSIUM book club was a monthly open-access reading group for artists, researchers and anyone interested in the intersections between art practice and critical theory. Everyone was welcome to propose a text and facilitate the reading group. Continue reading [SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB→