Dirty Practice Event 2018

Art School Today: Who cares?

Developing a culture of care within a disembodied institution

Short Residency and Symposium

Wolverhampton School of Art

25-29 June 2018.

 

  • Studio Residence Talks Dirty Practice 2018 Art School Today: Who Cares?
  • Maggie Ayliffe, Christian Mieves, Dirty Practice 2018 Art School Today: Who Cares?
  • Dr Jenny Walden Portsmouth University
  • Frederiek Bennema Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen.
  • Dr Atsuhide Ito Solent University, Southampton
  • Jennifer Warren University of the Arts London, Dirty Practice 2018
  • Dr Dean Kelland, Wolverhampton School of Art
  • Dr Dean Kelland, Wolverhampton School of Art
  • Roundtable discussion With Contributions from Resident artists including Jackie Sanderson, Rachel Magdeburg, Patricia Newell, Mac Mccoig, Lisa Metherell, Paul Scull.
  • Michael Brennand-Wood, Dirty Practice 2018
  • Studio Residence Talks Thursday, 28 June 2018, 12-1 Laura Onions Wolverhampton School of Art

 

Fine Art programmes have been increasingly embedded into large HE providers and forced to operate on restricted, generic, fragmented teaching models shaped by managerialism. As result, a division of services prevent students and staff from developing a meaningful relationship to the course and subject. Responding to an intensified economic crisis and academic demands around success, ‘clamorous individualism’ seems to eclipse any consideration for community, the other or one’s own well-being.   Indeed, the ‘academic turn’ in art education since the 1980s (Elkins, 2018, X) correlates with a putative lack and inability to think and talk together: ‘Splitting up of institutions, courses into modules, showing a lack of communication, link, institutional structures that do not allow any identification, nor do they have often a direct personal line for communication for reasons of efficiency’ (Isaacs, 1999).

This ‘high performance culture’ within the current educational system effaces any sense of care or ‘indebtedness’ to the other, yet this seems essential within art education.  As curator Jan Verwoert argues: ‘To practice a politics of dedication and recognise an indebtedness to the other as the condition of your own ability to perform means to acknowledge the importance of care’ (2007, 99).

In this context we define the need and notion of ‘care’ as a value often marginalised in the institutional debate, but essential to the long-term and sustained maintenance of a person, place or object. The verb ‘to care’ implies a level of altruism, a way of being in the institution that is intrinsically different to the ‘clamorous individualism’ and neo-liberal economic agenda. Care then, as has been argued, shows the potential to ‘overrule’ the economic demands (Verwoert 2017,99).

 

Organisers:Maggie Ayliffe, Christian Mieves

 

Frederiek Bennema, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

Michael Brennand-Wood, Artist, London

Gavin Rogers, Wolverhampton School of Art

Simon Harris, Wolverhampton School of Art

Atsuhide Ito, Fine Art, Solent University, Southampton

Dean Kelland, Wolverhampton School of Art

Robert Knifton, University of Leeds

Rachel Magdeburg, WSA

Mac McCoig, WSA

Lisa Metherell, Birmingham City University

Patricia Newell, WSA

Laura Onions, WSA

Jackie Sanderson, WSA

Paul Scull, Artist, Hertfordshire

Jenny Walden, University of Portsmouth

Jane Webb, Wolverhampton School of Art

Jennifer Warren, University of the Arts London

 

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Programme (Symposium)

Art School Today: Who cares?

Fri 29 June 2018 | Arena Theatre | Wolverhampton School of Art

10.00 RegistrationTea/Coffee   
10.30

Maggie Ayliffe
Christian Mieves

Wolverhampton School of Art

Introduction/ Welcome
11.00 11.40

Dr Jenny Walden

Portsmouth University

Art Education and Art: it’s not what it is but what it does? 
12.00-12.20

Frederiek Bennema

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen.

Yes, we care! In an ecological arts pedagogy.
12.30- 12.50

Dr Atsuhide Ito

Solent University, Southampton

Epimeleia: Is an Art School a Military Academy II.
Lunch13.00-14.00  
14.00 14.20

Jennifer Warren

University of the Arts London

Reinstating a politics of care (or how does the Art School eat and clean?)
14.30-14.40

Dr Dean Kelland

Wolverhampton School of Art

Falling Slowly.  
15.00

Roundtable discussion  

With Contributions from Resident artists including Jackie Sanderson, Rachel Magdeburg, Patricia Newell, Mac Mccoig, Lisa Metherell, Paul Scull.
15.45

Michael Brennand-Wood

Review of the day and thoughts beyond
16.00-30 Discussion
 Studio Residence Talks
 Wednesday,
27 June 2018,
12-1

Dr Robert Knifton

University of Leeds

The History of an Art School in 7 objects
Thursday,
28 June 2018,
12-1

Laura Onions

Wolverhampton School of Art 

Notes on Care.

 

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Links:

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Serious concerns re art education in England via our partners @NSEAD1 https://t.co/pYoZqVUIVN

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh was born in Tipton near Wolverhampton in 1864. Her father was a colliery manager and engineer. Wonder if this pioneering woman artist she ever attended the first Wolverhampton School of Practical Art (est 1851)

This is really sad, for both students and staff.
Arts teacher numbers plummet by almost a quarter | News | ArtsProfessional https://t.co/V6EDbytG5Y via @artspro

call for papers Visual Inquiry Special Issue: Professional Identity | InSEA: https://t.co/twyFlnPkx4

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