Category Archives: Events

Blue Plague Exhibition and Print School

Blue Plague

Jan 9th – Feb 16th 2013, WestLane South,
16 West Lane, London SE16 4NY

Workshops Thurs and Sat 12-4pm
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Commodity Drawing School starts Saturday 6th October

No previous drawing experience necessary! please email for more details…

Art and Education Forum starts 26th Sept

Following the Exmouth Arms Talking Shops in May and June you are warmly invited to come along to the Autumn meetings on the last Wednesday of the month starting next week 26th September (see dates and address below.) Each meeting will be structured round 3 speakers with half hour each for presentation and discussion.

How can we take a more active stance within art education in response to recent and imminent changes with the restructuring, cuts and job losses that come in their wake? These seem to have caught us on the back foot with an apparent schism between theoretical radicalism and our ability to act collectively. Our aim is to establish a forum to encourage communication and solidarity between those working across the various sectors of art education, in order to increase our confidence to act and speak within these different contexts. The monthly meetings are intended to open up a space in which to promote exchanges increasing awareness what is going on across the sector, foster new allegiances and suggest strategies for resistance and reassertion of our collective responsibility for art education. Promoting the intrinsic value of art in schools, colleges and universities, and defending art as a subject of study available to all is central to our concerns as are working conditions and workplace democracy conducive to the best art education.

Issues to be addressed :

– Implications of the for-profit sector in education

– Working conditions for art teachers and the role of the unions

– Teachers’ agency in what and how they teach

– The operation of educational and occupational standards setting bodies and private exam boards

– Current intensification of the issues of who will be able to participate in art education and making

– Widening participation and refusal of conformity and exclusion in art education

– Art education as a critical and contesting force

Autumn dates

Upstairs at the Exmouth Arms, 1 Starcross St, Euston, NW1 2HR.

6.30 – 8.00pm

Wednesday 26 September
Wednesday 31 October
Wednesday 28 November


Wednesday 26 September, 6.30pm:
Neil Chapman will talk about a couple of cases where institutional policy has had a detrimental effect on teaching and employment, focusing on relations between bureaucracy and teaching communities in Higher Education. For discussion he will propose how these cases might be addressed and ask how our art education community could work to help with this.

Andrew Cooper will talk about recent curriculum changes in the school in East London where he works as an art teacher; overcoming obstacles to solidarity; and how we can make art practice, art education and discourses around these, part of a movement that takes into account its own reproduction as part of the struggle.

Christabel Harley will talk about the Art and Design Widening Participation programme she developed with Jane Hagger, over a number of years of working closely between Central St Martins and local secondary schools.

(Im)possible School with Five Years

A discussion around the open submission project (Im)possible School Book: as found



Pearson Lecture Theatre, Pearson Building, UCL, London

14th and 15th July, 10-5pm

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Talk and workshop by Prof. Samuel Sztern

Talk and workshop by Prof. Samuel Sztern, Director of IENBA (Instituto Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes) Fine Art School, University of the Republic Uruguay.

TALK – Tuesday 7 February 2011, 10am -12noon, CCW Research Seminar Room, Room E305, Block E, 3rd Floor, Chelsea College of Art & Design

The story of the IENBA, the students-led reform of the 1950-60s and their current research on pedagogical models for teaching art at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. The IENBA teaches using a pedagogical approach based on the theories of Herbert Read, John Dewey and Ovide Decroly. Their original curriculum was devised by the student body who took over the running of the school in the early 1960s. After being closed by the military in 1973, it reopened in 1995 to continue a programme of art education focused on fostering the development of creative and aesthetically sensible citizens.

Part of SLAAG (Studying Latin American Art Group) seminar series.

Places are limited, please RSVP to:

WORKSHOP: Tuesday 7 February 2011, 2pm – 4.30pm, Rooms BG01 and BG02, Block B, Ground Floor, Chelsea College of Art & Design, Millbank London SW1P4RJ

Practical demonstration on the pedagogical approach at the IENBA for teaching collectively to a large number of 1st year Degree students.

In collaboration with FLAG (re-turning the educational turn)

The workshop will consist on a drawing exercise and group discussion. You will need to bring your own materials:

A pencil and a black pen or marker

A couple of sheets of A3 and A4 paper

Scissors and a glue stick

A drawing board or similar hard surface to work on

This workshop is open to all students from any course, staff or interested people from outside the University of any ages and backgrounds

About the IENBA and its pedagogical approach

The IENBA (the only official art education institution in Uruguay) has a peculiar story as an art school, where the students played a significant role in its development. In the 1950s it was run as a dependency of the Secondary School Board of Education, and operated with an out of date academicist curriculum. When a group of students attended the Biennale de Sao Paulo and realised how out of step was the teaching with developments in modern art, they decided to take action. Continue reading

Michael Taussig at Goldsmiths

On Friday 27 January 2011, at 6.00pm, Michael Taussig will deliver a public lecture entitled “Excelente Zona Social” to which all are welcome and no booking is necessary.  This lecture will take place in the Lower Ground 02 lecture theatre of the New Academic Building at Goldsmiths.  Details of how to get to Goldsmiths can be found here.

“I began doing fieldwork in 1969, I have returned every year” says Mick Taussig.  His writing has spanned a wide range of issues including the commercialisation of peasant agriculture, the popular manifestations of the working of commodity fetishism, the impact of colonialism (historical and contemporary) on “shamanism” and folk healing and the making, talking and writing of terror.

His most recent book, I Swear I Saw This (University of Chicago Press, 2011) records reflections on the fieldwork notebooks he kept through forty years of travels in Colombia.  Taussig considers the fieldwork notebook as a type of modernist literature and the place where writers and other creators first work out the imaginative logic of discovery.

LABOUR – Live Art Event

Touring live art event with eleven female artists from Northern and Southern Ireland taking place in Hackney Wick on Thursday 9th of Feb.

Distaster Capitalism in Haiti Talk

Hello Everyone,

I will be giving a talk about Disaster Capitalism in Haiti, two years after the earthquake, at the Bank of Ideas on Saturday 21st between 12 and 1 pm.

Andrew Cooper and I have been discussing the opportunity to use the venue for regular Free School events. It would be great if people came along to discuss how we might use the space in the forthcoming weeks.

Two years after the earthquake in Haiti and only a fraction of the revenue raised by donors has reached the Haitian people. Half of the rubble is still lying where it fell and the most popular political party in Haiti is still excluded from the electoral process. Having recently returned from the 2nd Ghetto Biennale in Haiti, I will be speaking about my experiences there and parallels between the situation in Haiti and the slow disaster capitalism taking place here.


The Corporate Occupation of the Arts

Dean Kenning and John  Cussans will be speaking at this event next Saturday:

The Corporate Occupation of the Arts 

OccupyLSX / The Bank of Ideas

Earl St. EC2A 2AL

Sat 14th Jan 2012.  2- 6pm

‘Could there be a crueler indictment of an art world that is convinced of its moral superiority to mainstream culture than to be subsidized by one of the criminal financial forces that has brought our culture to its very knees?’
Mat Gleason

‘Art is the ultimate emotional branding.’
Brunswick International Corporate Communications Partnership

An afternoon of talks by artists, activists, writers and academics to explore the parasitic and exploitative relationship between art and capital. We will discuss the politics of sponsorship; activism against sponsors, Bloombergism, the transformation of the Art School and the ideological takeover of the dissensual values of art. Continue reading