Islington Mill Art Academy, the Salford-based free peer-led art school co-founded by artist Maurice Carlin, has teamed up with Manchester Metropolitan University for a new PhD partnership.

The new post is a vice-chancellor-funded research position which will enable the successful candidate to study alternative art school models and their impact on current art education.

The researcher will observe IMAA, which is now in its 11th year, as well as exploring the recent history and current developments in alternative art education generally.

Manchester School of Art research professor Amanda Ravetz said: “We hope the research will assist IMAA in continuing to model and test peer-to-peer learning in reflective and critically engaged ways, whilst exploring the commons as a matter of real shared concern to other organisations both local and international, including Manchester School of Art where we take a great interest in art pedagogies.”

Carlin said that seeing IMAA’s work recognised through the new research post “is a crucial step for us”. He added: “Capturing the energy, commitment and value of the artist-led and DIY sector, particularly in the context of learning and growth, is crucial in these challenging times for arts education.”

Formed in 2007 as an artist-led response to the introduction of tuition fees and the drop in the teaching of art in schools, IMAA describes itself as a non-hierarchical, peer-led project. No qualifications or credentials are required for enrolment and there are no assessments or teacher/student hierarchy.

The deadline for applications for the PhD researcher post is midnight 14 January 2019. The successful candidate is expected to take up the role from October 2019.

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