Calendar of Events

From the 16th until the 31st of March 2011, the Space was open daily from noon.
A temporary Library of relevant texts
and selected publications available to read and for free distribution was in continued construction over this period.

Below is a List of all programed discussions, workshops and screenings which happened in the space, However many other informal discussions were able to happen throughout the day as people visited the space to chat about the project as a whole, watch a selection of related moving image works and bring ideas from previous discussions forward through quotes and extracts displayed around the space.

Friday 18th March 7pm.
Open Discussion.
Within, Without: Critical action and the education institution. Talking with groups who have emancipatory, supplementary and subversive engagements with educational institutions.

Sunday 20th March 3pm. Open Discussion.
The contemporary state of Art Criticism: As the guiding voice of the critic becomes usurped by the opinions of the masses, do we need new pedagogical models to stimulate society towards an academic predilection? Or is the current ‘anything goes’ state of critique one to be celebrated?

Thursday 24th March 7pm. Open Discussion.
Education Cuts or Amputations? Will the recent cuts and tuition fee trebling serve to further privatise education, and deepen divisions for access to knowledge or stimulate an era where critical thought and discussion become dislocated from market forces making intelligence an unquantifiable product?

Friday 25th March 7pm. Film Screenings and Social.
Full unemployment Cinema present short films and excerpts from features and documentaries that explore the ongoing education struggles happening in the UK and all over the world.
With this screening, UnCine would like to suggest going beyond the notion of a 'right to education' instead asking questions about the role of schooling in society, through works that look at different forms of kid rebellion against the restrictions of school institutions. The question asked is: what would a different form of education and transmission of knowledge look like?

Saturday 26th March 12pm - 7pm. Workshops.
Live stream from London demonstration with ongoing reflective discussions.
Ely 28 registration and information, DIY diary workshop LET'S GET ORGANISED!

Monday 28th March. 6.30pm Millpond Host- Open Discussion.
Self-initiation and organisation.
Leeds has an art scene rich with independently initiated groups and collectives,Occupying different ideological standpoints and creative direction.We will be discussing there driving philosophy and posing the question of what environment this is born out of; whether these independent groupings are a product of an art school or university environment, or an alternative strategy to the traditional pedagogical model.
Are aspirations of doing-it-yourself something which is encouraged in academia? Or does it come only out of dissatisfaction with a conventional education?
Is there something to be gained from these initiatives which cannot be gained from an art school/university education, or is it more just an expression of a creative lifestyle?

Tuesday 29th March 7pm. Open Discussion.
Alternative Education: approaching structure in independent, collaborative learning. When setting out to teach one another, how do we use structures which are useful to create continuity and feelings of mutuality in development without being limiting, prescriptive and static. Can we have structure without compromising on the ideological position of an alternative to institutional education. Are there structure that are responsive to analysis and action?

Wednesday 30th March 3pm - Creative Services All Day Event
The purpose of this project to collectively create a very short term alternative arts education syllabus through creative feedback forms distributed amongst students and tutors alike. Information and data will be corroborated, activated and implemented. The Creative Services respond to the perceived stagnation of critical cultural practices with a thorough investigation of the extra-disciplinary; a critical process outlines by Brian Holmes in 'Escape the Overcode...' that seeks to generate a phase change within the institutional critique by emphasising a form of institutional dualism - the notion that dominant power structures might be better addressed by artists and cultural critics in collaboration, rather than through a more formally oppositional critical practice.
ALSO: 7pm Really Open university Concept meeting.
Alternative Strategies hosts this one of monthly meetings, for more details click below.

Thursday 31st March 6pm. Open Discussion.
The Big Society and The D.I.Y ethic. Self organisation, complicity and resistance to government policy in creative thought and action.