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AAC Interview Art Zip download

18 Jun

We have made a PDF download available of the article here >>> LINK <<<

Do check out the full issue links to this are available here >>>LINK<<<

Knowledge should be priceless Art Zip interview with Paul Stewart on the AAC

16 Jun

Art Zip have published a 7 page article on the Alternative Art College and an interview with Paul Stewart, this is part of an issue dedicated to looking into alternative learning and issues in HE in both the UK ad China..

Read the full interview here http://www.artzip.org/zip/art-zip-issue-10-jun-2014

 

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Students For Cooperation Founding Conference

13 Jan

Guild of Students, University of Birmingham

February 14, 2014 at 11:00am until February 16, 2014 at 5:00pm

Students For Co-operation is a new national federation of student co-ops. Join us for our first conference in the University of Birmingham Guild of Students for a jam packed agenda of workshops, debates and a chance to meet students from across the country who are involved in the fledgling student co-op movement!

If you are planning on attending (and if you click attending on the Facebook event) please fill out this google form: http://s.coop/sfcregistration which will help us arrange transport and accomm…odation for the weekend.

The conference will have in depth sessions on starting co-operatives, liberation, consensus, lobbying and even a bicycle tour of South Birmingham and a visit to local eco homes. Sessions will be participatory and will be led by experienced campaigners and co-op members from organisations including:
– Seeds For Change
– People and Planet
– Radical Routes
– Suma Wholefoods
– The Co-operative group
– Veggies Catering Campaign
– NASCO (North American Organisation of Student Co-operatives)
Affordable food by Veggies Catering Campaign
Free entry to all students and members of student co-ops. Free accommodation will also be available.

We are able to subsidise costs of travel for people attending the conference and will be running a travel pool to help equalise costs for those travelling from far away (so if your coming from Aberdeen you’ll only have to fork out the average travel cost for all attendees – including those coming who are from Birmingham)

For more information and the full three day agenda check out our wikipage at wiki.students.coop

This conference has been made possible with support from the Phone and Broadband Co-operative (http://www.thephone.coop/) who have funded the conference and Co-operative Education Trust Scotland (http://www.cets.coop/) who are supporting travel for Scottish students

Agenda for Conference

Friday

11am:5pm – Financial Literacy Course

6pm:7.30pm – How to set up a co-op (and what they even are in the first place)
8pm:11pm – Friday Night Dinner and Social at 996 Pershore Road
Saturday 15th

8.45am – 9.30am: Breakfast

9.30am – 10.15am: Introductory session – informal entrance session – some sort of game or something -
10.30am – 11am: Plenary
11am – 12.45pm: Workshops Session 1
Consensus – (Seeds For Change)
Learning about liberation session – (Roshni Joshni, Ruskin College SU & ??) – confirmed needs travel and description
Dealing with your university/students union – (People and Planet) – confirmed needs travel and description
Practical workshop: how to feed the masses (Veggies Catering Campaign)
12.45pm – 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm – 2pm: Black Students Caucus
2pm – 3.45pm: Visits
Bike tour of south birmingham co-ops

Car trip to redditch co-operative homes and factory
???
3.45pm – 4.15pm: Break

4.15pm – 6pm: Workshops Session 2
Consensus (Seeds For Change)
Learning about liberation session – (Roshni Joshni Ruskin College SU & ??) confirmed needs travel and description
Dealing with your university/students union – (People and Planet) confirmed needs travel and description
Practical workshop: how to feed the masses (Veggies Catering Campaign)
6pm – 7pm: Keynote speaker Representative from NASCO (North American Student Co-op Federation)Introduced by Vivian Woodell (Phone Co-op CEO)

7pm – 8.15pm: Dinner
8.15pm – 9.30pm: Documentary Film Festival
9.30pm – 11pm Social

Sunday 16th

8.45am – 9.30am: Breakfast

9.30am – 10am: Womens Caucus
10am – 11.15am Academic seminars
Spanish Civil War – Chris Richardson
Marxism/Autonimism and Co-operatives – Darcy Luke and Elio Di Muccio
Academic esoteric session on finance/ legislation for co-ops (tara mulqueen?)
Community Energy – (Campaigns Manager at The Co-operative Group) – needs description
Post crash Economics: why co-operatives are the future – Nick Matthews and Jack Copley
11.15am – 11.30am: teabreak

11.30am – 12am: LGBTQ Caucus
12am – 1.15pm: Students For Co-operation General Meeting
1.15pm – 2pm: Lunch + Openspace
2pm – 2.30pm: Disabled Caucus
2.30pm – 4.15pm: How to start a co-operatives:
Food Co-ops – How they work by Bob Cannell (Suma Foods) and Lizzie Fellows (Leeds Bread Co-op) – confirmed needs travel and description
Bike Co-ops and other retail co-ops – Green Bike Project & Shrub
Housing Co-ops – Rosie Evered + NASCO Speaker + Carl Taylor from BCHS
4.15pm – 5pm: and finish

Reading Group reminder

5 Nov

Where: G3, Laurie Grove Baths, New Cross which is:

New Cross and New Cross Gate stations (zone 2), on the main rail network and London Overground.

On major bus routes including 21, 36, 53, 136, 171, 172, 177, 225, 321, 343, 436, 453.

If your are interested please contact us and we will add you to the mailing lists.

The first book will be The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes by Jonathan Rose.

Meeting 1: 7th November 2013, 7 pm

readings here: alternativeartcollege.co.uk/reading-group
Contact: James jamesrrellison(at)gmail.com

Brand revolution: undeserved underclass

24 Oct

“I’ll tell you what it won’t be like,” said Brand in a moment of clarity, “a huge disparity between rich and poor, where 300 Americans have the same amount of wealth as the 85 million poorest Americans, where there is an exploited and underserved underclass that are being continually ignored and where welfare is slashed while Cameron and Osborne go to court to defend the rights of bankers to continue to receive their bonuses. This has to be addressed.”

A threat to universities?

22 Oct

not-sure-if-school-or-money-sucking-corporation-here-to-ruin-art-students-dreamshttp://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/21/alternative-art-schools-threaten-universities

Emily Pringle, Tate’s head of learning practice and research policy, says “it would not be a great leap” for the museum to provide something akin to an art school programme. “It is really troubling to us who’s in a position to be studying art,” she says. “There’s a question whether big cultural organisations like Tate or the Barbican could themselves provide a space where [emerging artists] could come together in the way that Open School East works.”

The Guardian p38 today have talked about the threat of ‘Alternatives’ towards HE institutions. their main example was the Open School East which the Alternative Art College has recently written a segment on:  http://alternativeartcollege.co.uk/2013/09/27/open-school-east-a-radical-curriculum/

I think the AAC is very aware that the space was creating a radical curriculum but not quite a radical pedagogy, It is important to point out that the former library space, the Open School East occupies, is commissioned and funded by the Barbican and Create London. The project is also supported by the Legacy Trust UK and the London Borough of Hackney.  Take that as you will.

OSE is a great example of a space that can emerge from the system as well as mirror the system, is it a threat to universities? Is it even an ‘alternative’? recuperation at its most affluent maybe the answer.  

Reading group first meeting

16 Oct

Where: G3, Laurie Grove Baths, New Cross which is:

New Cross and New Cross Gate stations (zone 2), on the main rail network and London Overground.

On major bus routes including 21, 36, 53, 136, 171, 172, 177, 225, 321, 343, 436, 453.

If your are interested please contact us and we will add you to the mailing lists.

The first book will be The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes by Jonathan Rose.

Meeting 1: 7th November 2013, 7 pm

http://alternativeartcollege.co.uk/reading-group/ readings here

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