The Ignorant Art School: Five Sit-ins Towards Creative Emancipation

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Sit-in #2: To Be Potential. Examining the histories and futures of art education, in partnership with Cooper Gallery

Ignorant Art School


Until 21 May 2022 (historic exhibition)


The Ignorant Art School: Five Sit-ins Towards Creative Emancipation

Sit-in #2: To Be Potential

The Ignorant Art School: Five Sit-ins Towards Creative Emancipation is a contemporary art exhibition and event programme devised and curated by Cooper Gallery at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee.

Bringing together artists, designers, educators, activists, cultural workers, students and other communities, the programme questions what art education is and whom it serves now.

Repurposing equality as a practice rather than an ideal, The Ignorant Art School examines the histories and future possibilities of art education and celebrates feminist activist bell hooks' declaration of "education as the practice of freedom" by building communities of resistance and care.

Presented at Hatton Gallery is the second chapter of The Ignorant Art School, Sit-in #2: To Be Potential. Emphasising knowledge as a collective experience and artistic practice as pedagogy, the exhibition navigates historical experiments and contemporary alternative initiatives in art education including the Bauhaus, the Basic Course in Newcastle, Anti-university London, Copenhagen Free University, Edinburgh Arts Summer School, Free University New York, GUDSKUL in Jakarta, The Hedgeschoolproject in Ireland, the Hornsey Sit-in of 1968, The Rooftop Institute in Hong Kong, The White Room in Reading, and Womanifesto in Thailand, amongst many others.

A series of events, interventions, discussions, workshops and performances will activate the gallery space throughout the exhibition.

Find out more about The Ignorant Art School.

Artists and artists’ collectives featured in the exhibition:

  • Lawrence Alloway
  • Anne Bean, Graham Challifour, Rita Donagh and Rod Melvin
  • Anne Griffin
  • Richard Hamilton
  • David Harding
  • Henriette Heise
  • Tom Hudson
  • Jakob Jakobsen
  • Lawan Jirasuradej
  • Glenn Loughran
  • Victor Pasmore
  • Gudskul (Jakarta)
  • Rooftop Institute (Hong Kong)
  • Womanifesto (Thailand)

Contributors and lenders:

  • Anne Bean
  • Graham Challifour
  • Richard Demarco
  • Rita Donagh
  • Alan Dunn
  • Annie Griffin
  • David Harding
  • Rod Melvin
  • David Page
  • Ross Sinclair
  • Arthur Watson
  • Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
  • Demarco Digital Archive at University of Dundee
  • Archive & Collections at the Glasgow School of Art
  • Glasgow Women’s Library
  • Gudskul
  • Hornsey College of Art Archive Middlesex University
  • National Galleries of Scotland
  • Rooftop Institute in Hong Kong
  • The National Arts Education Archive at YSP
  • The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths; University of London
  • Womanifesto in Thailand

Image: Class Meeting Vol. 1, Gudskul Short Course, 2019. Photo: Jin Panji /Gudskul. Image courtesy of Gudskul.


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