A new exhibition and free pop-up summer school from Create London and the William Morris Gallery celebrates the cultural and educational legacy of Walthamstow School of Art, which from 1957 to 1967 became a hotbed of artistic ideas and talent. Lydia Ashman talks to two of the people behind the ‘Be Magnificent’ project.
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The Islington Mill Art Academy in Salford has been providing a free alternative to mainstream art education since 2007. Sara Jaspan speaks to its co-founder, Maurice Carlin, and gets the views of artists who’ve taken part in the Academy’s ever-evolving investigation of what art education can be.
The Syllabus is a nomadic artist development programme billed as an alternative to formal art education. At its half-way stage, Anneka French speaks to the project’s organisers, artist Andy Holden and Wysing Arts Centre, and to two of the ten participating artists.
The continued squeeze on arts funding is throwing up some interesting solutions to supporting artists, whilst raising some serious debates about the future of the profession.
Artist Pippa Koszerek considers recent student protests within the context of alternative art school strategies.
The Parallel School of Art engages in collaborative workshops and projects that explore and redefine models of learning.
Martin Patrick on Robert Filliou and George Brecht’s collaborative shop project La Cédille qui sourit.
Robyn Minogue reports from the ‘For a New Europe: University Struggles Against Austerity’ conference in Paris that looked to discuss and organise a common network based on European -wide issues including autonomous knowledge production, self-education and networking.
A consideration of the background to alternative arts schools and their current relevance, citing historical ideology and using eight case studies.
Terry Smith discusses the Experimental Art School.
Department 21 is a school within a school where designers, artists and architects can meet, collaborate and share working space beyond the institutional boundaries of their own disciplines.
Elements MA is an unfolding proposition for a educational pathway based around a titular masters course. Initially the MA will manifest itself through a series of events, exhibitions and activities from its base at Trade, Nottingham.
Set up in 2008 for the New Dark Age exhibition, Free School is a non-hierarchical, collectivist, no-cost, peer-led art school.
The Hedgeschoolproject is a participatory work by Glenn Loughran that combines art, architecture and activism to explore forms of critical pedagogy and emancipatory learning.
The Islington Mill Art Academy was set up by students for students. It is an unaccredited, collectively run higher education experience.
Emerging from the self-organised culture of the Los Angeles art scene, The Public School is a peer-led education model.
Set up in 2006, the New International School’s peer-network of fifty members organise events, publications and collaborative works in Finland, France, Serbia, the Netherlands and the UK.