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Open Call: URgh! zine #1 on Alternative Art Education, Conway Hall

  • London, UK-wide
  • crafts, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, literature, photography, music, theatre, visual arts
  • sophia kosmaoglou


Submissions are open for the first issue of URgh! We welcome contributions that explore and document alternative art education within self-organised, DIY, peer-led art schools and collectives, to extend the existing research and amplify the movement.

Fuelled by economic crisis, austerity and the liberalisation of higher education, alternative art education has burgeoned into a full-blown movement in the last decade. But what is alternative art education? Who is it for, and what is it an alternative to? There are as many different formats and models of alternative art education as there are alt art schools and peer groups, but in what ways is alternative art education different from traditional art education? What do we mean by “alternative”? Could self-organized art schools eventually replace mainstream art education?

Contributions are welcome in the form of interviews, reviews, essays, documentation, fiction, poetry, collage, painting, drawing, photography, illustration and comics on alternative art education, self-organisation, collectivity and collaboration, co-operative art education, alternative economies, peer-support and study groups, art education and pedagogy, creative labour, precarity and the critique of neoliberal reform in higher education.

The deadline is on Friday, 21 Feb 2020. For the full brief and information on how to submit your work please visit Contributors will receive a free copy of the zine.

URgh! is a new zine on precarious labour dreaming up alternative economies at the coalface of the art educational creative industrial complex. The first issue will be launched on Saturday, 21 March 2020 at the Festival of Alternative Art Education 2020 at Conway Hall.

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