Who Will Go To Art School?
Who Will Go To Art School?



Thursday 24 September
6.30pm – 8.30pm
New Art Exchange

Discussion with Emma Cocker, Anna Colin, Paul Goodwin and Emily Pope.

Posing the question ‘Who will go to art school?’ we will discuss the future of arts education and the proliferation of alternative art schools. Asking, who in the current economic climate has access to arts education and learning? What might new educational structures do to ensure the diversity of those emerging? And what could New Contemporaries’ role in this be?

Invited speakers: Emma Cocker (Reader in Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University), Anna Colin (Open School East), Paul Goodwin (Professor of Black Art & Design Studies, University of the Arts London), and Emily Pope (School of the Damned).

Emma Cocker is a writer-artist and Reader in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Operating under the title Not Yet There, her research often addresses the endeavour of creative labour, focusing on models of (art) practice and subjectivity that resist or refuse the pressure of a single, stable position by remaining willfully unresolved. Cocker’s recent writing has been published in Failure, 2010; Stillness in a Mobile World, 2010; Drawing a Hypothesis: Figures of Thought, 2011; Hy­perdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art, 2012; On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, 2013, and Reading/Feeling, 2013. She is currently working on her first published collection of writing entitled The Yes of the No (Site Gallery, 2015).

Anna Colin is a curator and writer based in London. She is a co-director of Open School East, associate curator at Fondation Galeries Lafayette in Paris and co-curator, with Lydia Yee, of the next British Art Show.

Paul Goodwin is a curator, urbanist and researcher based in London. He is Professor of Transnational Curating, Chair of Black Art & Design Studies and Director of the Transnational Art, Identity and Nation Research Centre (TrAIN) at University of the Arts London (UAL). He recently co-edited Transfigurations: Curatorial and Artistic Research in an Age of Migrations (2014, London: Royal College of Art) with Victoria Walsh and Pamela Sepulveda and is currently working on Black Artists and Modernism a new three year AHRC funded research project based at UAL in partnership with Middlesex University.

Emily Pope is an artist and writer based in London. Her practice explores the potential of socio-political monologues and how these function within contemporary media. She recently graduated from The School of the Damned an artist-led alternative MA programme in London. Emily has worked closely with The Midas Touch  curatorial project in Luton, and was the arts coordinator of the East London Fawcett team, who produced the London Art Audit research in 2012. She is currently studying on the writing programme at the Royal College of Art.