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  • UGLY DUCK 47-49 Tanner Street London, England, SE1 3PL United Kingdom (map)

The Alternative Art School Weekender is a creative project inviting you to come along and be part of a growing network of people who are self-organising to reconsider the shape of academic art education and questioning how these shifts in ethics and practice might challenge the art establishment. Hosted by The Other MA (TOMA*).

Come and join our playground where you can be both student and teacher; where debates happen over pot luck meals and visions of the future are shared. Expect an exhibition, performance night, screenings, critical theory, alternative food making, group walks, talks on art and activism and collaborative workshops. The public are welcome to attend, learn and contribute all the events for FREE.

/// Below is a list of happenings over the weekender. A detailed schedule will be released soon. There may be additions to that listed here. \\\

Contributing schools and collective include: Alt MFA, School of The Damned, art&critique, Islington Mill, PACTO, DIY Space Print Collective, Reading Room and Shades of Noir.

*TOMA is an artist-run alternative art education model set up in 2015 run in partnership with Metal Southend and based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

Friday 22 March : 6pm – 10pm
(All day) Collaborative Installation workshop (Lolly Adams, TOMA)
6pm - 7pm: Indie whisky tasting (Zoe Toolan)
6pm - 10pm: The Bolster Playground private view
The Bolster Playground is an exhibition which will be made up of collaborative and individual works by artists from or associated to alternative schools.

Performances as part of 'Talent Show Circus' event from MilesKm, School of the Damned and TOMA along with invited guests from the wider community. Bar provided by Ugly Duck.

Saturday 23 March : 11am – 10pm
All day: The Reading Room Open Library
How To Start Your Own Art School zine workshop (Sophia Kosmaoglou from ART&CRITIQUE)
Photomontage workshop (Fiona Bennett, TOMA)
DIY Space For London Print Collective workshop
The Gilgamesh Light Installation (performance installation by Jason Evers, associate artist at Open School East)
Talking Difference (Angie Illman & Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark, Shades of Noir)
Hamja Ahsan – Shy Radicals Talk
Elle Reynolds lecture in reverse (PhD student researching alternative education models)
CELLFIES - The Final Destination (Performance by Dean Stalham, Open School East associate artist)
Alternative Art School Summit (lead by Sadie Edginton, AltMFA and members of PACTO)
Birkbeck Critical Creative writing students support group readings (Emma Edmondson, TOMA)
Indie whisky tasting (Zoe Toolan)
Film Night
Sunday 24 March : 11am – 4pm
Crochet workshop (Katie Papas)
Mapping Narratives workshop (Katharina Joy Book, SOTD)
Writing as practice (Ellen Sims, SOTD)
Dystopian Pub quiz & lunch (TOMA)
Radical Pedagogy Reading Group #1 (ART&CRITIQUE)