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Simon Bayliss, Noel Clueit, Susie Green, Mathew Parkin, Rory Pilgrim, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Tom Salt, Lucy Steggals, Tom Varley and Rafal Zajko. Zoe Anspach, Robert Carter, Melanie Coles, Michael Crowe, Penelope Diaz, Jack Fisher, Victoria Fornieles, Robert Fung, Kyle Galloway, Jake Kent, Kate Mahony, Katy Mottison, Phillip Reeves, Anastasia Shin, Rebecca Townrow, Matt Welch, Mitt Wheeldon and Elise Wortley.

Hanover Project 26th November – 17th December 2015

Ways of Looking is a group show which brings together work currently being made by artists studying on two alternative postgraduate programmes, The Syllabus and The School of the Damned.

The Syllabus 2015/16 are: Simon Bayliss, Noel Clueit, Susie Green, Mathew Parkin, Rory Pilgrim, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Tom Salt, Lucy Steggals, Tom Varley and Rafal Zajko.

Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire, have together developed The Syllabus; a new programme that will support ten artists across ten months.

It has been developed for artists with the input of established artists who have a connection to each of the partners and who will continue to contribute to its development and delivery; Céline Condorelli, Andy Holden, James Langdon, Niki Russell, Keith Wilson and others.

The Syllabus aims to reach artists from a wide geographic spread within the UK and, mindful of the current economic climate and changes within higher education, offers an intensive and cost-effective learning programme.

The School of the Damned 2015 are: Zoe Anspach, Robert Carter, Melanie Coles, Michael Crowe, Penelope Diaz, Jack Fisher, Victoria Fornieles, Robert Fung, Kyle Galloway, Jake Kent, Kate Mahony, Katy Mottison, Phillip Reeves, Anastasia Shin, Rebecca Townrow, Matt Welch, Mitt Wheeldon and Elise Wortley.

It is a free postgraduate art course run by, and for, its students. It provides participants with the critical space to develop and reassess their art practice. They operate without money, without a bank account and without financial obligation. School of the Damned runs a labour exchange programme with a growing number of guest artists, spaces and lecturers. They trade time for time to not only challenge the financial exclusivity of higher education but to strengthen and extend their network.

School of the Damned exists to promote access to free education as a fundamental right and stand in opposition to the current system of higher education. School of the Damned operates as a pseudo-institution without an internal hierarchy. The student body share roles and the responsibility to aid each other’s education as well as the development of the programme.

As the school moves into its fourth year they hope that this network of advocates will continue to grow, allowing the protest to continue into the future.

An in conversation with artists from The Syllabus and The School of the Damned will be lead by Amy Botfield in LT3 Foster Building on Thursday 26th November at 3pm, all are welcome.

She will be asking the artists to elaborate on their experience of their respective programmes so far, and in relation to their experience of studying in institutions for their undergraduate degree.

Amy Botfield works in the arts team at Arts Council England where she supports a range of visual arts organisations including Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea, Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge and OUTPOST in Norwich. In addition to her work with organisations, she regularly provides advice about Grants for the arts and the Artists’ International Development Fund to artists, curators and project managers. Amy has a background in gallery management and art publishing. Recent curatorial and editorial projects include Every bird brings a different melody to the garden (2013), artist books by Lindsay Seers (2012) and Jordan Baseman (2011) and writing on acclaimed sculptor, poet and activist Jimmie Durham for the Hayward Gallery (2010).wayslookingfinal

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