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This weekend we came together at The Whiskey Bond in Glasgow. Kindly hosting us were Agile City, a non-profit community interest company based in Speirs Locks, North Glasgow.
A weekend of workshops began with Jamie Crewe and their 5 techniques of working. 💪 'In this artist's talk I speak about five creative techniques embodied in my recent practice. These are titled: ‘Milk, Curdling, Mould’, ‘High Walls’, ‘Embrace and Shove’, ‘Cacophony’, and ‘Daphnê’. Identified across many different works, these techniques thread through my practice, appearing repeatedly as intellectual, practical, processual, or instinctual gestures. Through reading my work in this way I try to draw a non-chronological portrait of my practice; I encourage sensitivity to recurrence, and to the folding together of thought and practice.'
This was followed by a workshop led by our own Harriet Morley, and ending with a Sunday afternoon zine making workshop. Check out our zine here. Thank you for having us Glasgow. It was truly magical!
A special thank you to SET, who hosted us for the first class of 2019 meet up in London. We unpicked 'structurelessness', delved into each other's varied practices and sewed the seeds for some exciting plans in Glasgow in just over a month's time. Thank you to London's art scene for being so welcoming and hospitable!
THE SCHOOL OF THE DAMNED
School of the Damned (SotD) is an arts and educational platform. Re-forming on an annual basis, each cohort has the opportunity to define the agenda and produce work and events individually and collectively. SotD was formed in 2014 as a reaction to the increasing financialisation of Higher Education in the UK. SotD has no tuition fees, is student led and peer supported. We use our collective resources and networks to make the things we want to happen, happen.
The Class of 2019 (23 participants with a wide range of visual/audio/performance practices and professional profiles) commenced in September 2018, and meets monthly for 2-3 days in a different geographic location each time. So far we have met in Liverpool, London, Sheffield, Glasgow and Newcastle. Each location has included local artists and educators in the programme of talks, visits, exhibition/performances and making. Upcoming locations are Plymouth, London and plans for Nottingham, Sussex and Berlin.
One of our ambitions is to actively engage in and facilitate public events that increase the transparency of the pedagogy, values and activities of the School. We want to promote self-awareness and an openness to critique, and to evidence that critical conversations are happening. We are motivated to interrogate practices of the School as an “institution” as well as by our individual practices. We interact with other alternative arts programmes, social enterprises and artist-led organisations to share ideas and practices.
Sharing our creative work with each other, with other artists and the public is high on the agenda. We also have ambitions to make work collaboratively through interactions, and value participation as highly as any outcomes. We recognise that as a group we are not as diverse as the communities we often work in, and value the opportunity to make art practices and artists more accessible so we can break down barriers.
We aim to create opportunities for and collaborate with those outside of the School of the Damned.
We aim to learn from each other through sharing our skills and knowledge.
We aim to regularly invite people to deliver talks and workshops, including events that are open to the public.
We aim to make our learning resources publicly available.
We aim to acknowledge and challenge the School of the Damned.
CLASS OF 2019
CLASS OF 2019
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