Independent Art School/Call for abstracts

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Call for Abstracts: For ‘An Independent Art School’ Conference. & Call for Papers: For ‘The New Hull School of Art’ Website.

‘The Modular course is the deification of surface learning.’ Professor Peter Fowler, JMU at the Liverpool Videopositive Student Conference 2000.

The Question of Autonomous Art Schools

The New Hull School of Art is organising a conference which will be part of Hull Time Based Arts International ROOT 2000 Festival (For more information contact [log in to unmask])

Our Conference consists of; a day of talks and discussions (Wednesday 18th Oct); a seminar between students (Thursday 19th Oct); independent talks and an information centre throughout the festival weekend.

Place: Hull Time Based Arts, Hull.

The conference is intended to address issues regarding the threats and opportunities facing Art Education today:

  • Where is Higher Art Education going?
  • Courses for students? or for management? (Government Requirements)
  • Modularity (homogenisation)
  • Is there a loss of integrity?
  • Is there a need for Independent Art Schools?
  • What can be learnt from precedent Alternative/Free art Schools

(& in what way could an Art School be Independent now?)

The Conference will take on Formal, Improvised and Interventionist aspects. We welcome abstracts from artists, lecturers, students, critics, art historians, authors et al. We will be putting up a website prior to the conference and request papers for this.

The aim of the Conference is to:

  • Set the grounding for an Umbrella ‘Independent Art School’

consisting of interested students, tutors and artists.

  • Introduce issues (circulating within academia) in a context

inclusive of students.

  • Inspire people to act against the current misguided actions of the

government and many Universities.

  • Build up a network of contacts among a wide range of concerned

individuals and groups.

  • Provide a forum for discussion.

The New Hull School of Art:

  • Is simultaneously an action, a forum for discussion and an

organisation which actively contributes to maintaining the values of integrity within Art Education.

  • The New Hull School of Art will take on whichever form is most

appropriate for any given moment. In conjunction with Hull Time Based Arts festival of Pranks and Interventions the New Hull School of Art will take on the seemingly conventional form of a Conference.

  • Seeks to promote the importance of students taking an interest and

being involved alongside academics, politicians and artists in discussions surrounding matters so relevant to their own situation.

  • Takes the position that many Art Students are Artists in their own


  • Maintains its position against modularity, homogeneity and

inappropriate mismanagement, while wishing to take a broader stance and bring up issues relevant to a large number of Art Colleges onto a more urgent political agenda.

Send your abstracts and/or papers to: The New Hull School of Art c/o Pippa Koszerek, 1 Bishop Lane, Hull, HU1 1PA or [log in to unmask]

Deadline for Conference abstracts: 1st September 2000

For any Info you can also contact us at: (01482) 212 478 (Pippa) or 07775722888 (Esther)

Individuals involved in organising the Conference: Pippa Koszerek, Esther Ainsworth, Espen Jensen

  • The New Hull School of Art took the form of an actual Independent

Art School in November 1999 with students from The Hull School of Art boycotting their own course (due to disputes with the University management over modularity) and using the Red Gallery, Hull as their studio.

  • It is at once an ongoing collaborative between a variety of

individuals and an art concept by Pippa Koszerek.