The Britishness Project
9 November 2017

The Alternative School of Economics has been commissioned by Firstsite Gallery as part of The Britishness Project, an ambitious programme of exhibitions, events and workshops for young people of school age regarding cultural identity reflecting on the EU Referendum.

We are working students from the Gilberd School in Colchester to devise artworks around their identity, thinking about punk, fashion, performance, youth cultures.. and Brexit.

Posted by Ruth on November 20 2017
Nation 283
17 May 2017

The culmination of our module with BA Graphic Design, Camberwell College of Arts students, Nation 283 is a new country set up in the centre of Peckham. With its roots in visual communication Nation 283 challenges us to think about design in relation to twenty-first century ideas around work, collectivity and social purpose.

Thursday 18 May, 6pm onwards (opening drinks)
Friday 19 May, 11am – 5pm
Market Peckham, 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST
Posted by Ruth on November 20 2017
Test Sites
6 July 2017

We have been asked by Arts Catalyst to lead a workshop which convenes local activists, academics and creative practitioners, to reflect on what role we as active citizens can play regarding the local ecology and its transformations. The project aims to collectively imagine the future of Poole Harbour by exchanging tools, strategies and knowledge.

Test Sites is a three-year programme by Arts Catalyst investigating elements of environmental concern – such as flooding, pollution, and species loss – within specific locations impacted by ecological change. At Poole Harbour, the project primarily focuses on the health and wellbeing of our ecosystems and of ourselves.

11.30am5.30pm, Sat 8 July 2017, Lighthouse, 21 Kingland Road, Poole BH15 1UG

Posted by Ruth on July 6 2017
Useful Work Vs Useless Toil
2 May 2017

We are running a module for BA Graphic Design Students at Camberwell College of Art. We are working with designers Europa, who run the 2nd Year programme, using William Morris’ Useful Work Vs Useless Toil as a starting point to think about useful, political design.

Posted by Ruth on May 2 2017
Quids In
31 March 2017

The Alternative School of Economics is taking over the Reubens gallery at the V&A Friday Late on 31 March, to present a new installation for the screening of the film The Fiction of Money, and an activity to gather ‘Common Understandings of Money Speak’. This Friday Late, ‘Quids in’, is themed around money to celebrate the launch of the new one pound coin.

6.30-10pm, 31 March 2017, Friday Late, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Posted by Ruth on March 20 2017
Many Ways Are Possible: The Economics of Utopia
21 January 2017

Ruth Beale is speaking at an event at Somerset House, London, on 21 January 2017, exploring ways to change the economy for the better. She will give a 5 minute ‘rant’ about how transforming education and childcare could transform the economy. Other speakers are Aditya Chakrabortty, Guardian Economics Editor, and Ann Pettifor, founder of Jubilee Debt.
Image: Jeremy Deller, Utopia 2016

Posted by Ruth on January 2 2017
Lantern Lecture
12 January 2017

Shami Chakrabarti CBE, barrister and human rights campaigner, will give the inaugural annual Lantern Lecture at Rabbits Road Institute. Previously Director of Liberty, an advocacy organisation promoting civil liberties and human rights, Shami Chakrabarti is now a Labour politician and the Shadow Attorney General. Her lecture will address her convictions about the importance of libraries and their relationship to freedom and understanding.

Set up by artists The Alternative School of Economics, and inspired by talks at the library by the same name in the early 20th century, the Lantern Lecture is to be an annual event at Rabbits Road Institute.

12 January 2017 6:30-8:30pm, Rabbits Road Institute, Old Manor Park Library, 835 Romford Road, London E12 5JY

Posted by Ruth on January 1 2017
Library Launch
22 October 2016

We will be launching the permanent Library at Rabbits Road Institute, with an afternoon event of screenings, discussions, readings and refreshments by Company Drinks. The Library is a new artwork by The Alternative School of Economics: a permanent collection of books nominated by collaborators, friends and participants.

22 October 2016, 12.30-6pm, Rabbits Road Institute, Old Manor Park Library, 835 Romford Road, London E12 5JY

Posted by Ruth on October 2 2016
Conversations That Matter
14 July 2016

On 14 July join us for food and conversation, to mark the launch of our publication made with members of Conversation Club.

14 July 2016, 3-5pm, Rabbits Road Institute, Old Manor Park Library, 835 Romford Road, London E12 5JY

Posted by Ruth on July 3 2016
A City Without Artists
18 June 2016

We are contributing to a discussion event on the closing weekend of Artspace’s 40th anniversary exhibition, addressing the question ‘What would a city without artists look like?’. Ruth Beale will talk about The Alternative School of Economics and its role in the development of Rabbits Road Institute as a education, community and creative space in a former library.

18 June 2016, 3-5pm, Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX

Posted by Amy on June 1 2016
If Not Here Where? If Not This What?
28 June 2016

In the degree show of the final year of the Design Interactions course at RCA, the graduates will be joined by the Ladies Art Group to reflect on alternative art schools and other ideas of education. Amy Feneck will take part in an open discussion reflecting on The Alternative School of Economics and Ted Hunt’s The School Of…

28 June 2016, Design Interactions Show, Royal College of Art,  Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU

Posted by Amy on June 1 2016
Alternative Models for Art Education
15 June 2016

We are speaking about the Rabbits Road Institute project with MA students at the Institute of Education, as part of the module Alternative Models for Art Education. Amy Feneck will give a presentation and lead a discussion around self education, inspired by writings about the Plebs League.

15 June 2016, Institute of Education, London

Posted by Amy on May 28 2016
25 February 2016

We are leading a reading group for TEXT2SPEECH, an event organised by the members Valerio Del Baglivo and Jenn Pavlick from the ICA Student Forum. Ivan Illich’s essay The Right to Useful Unemployment calls for the right to useful unemployment as a way to relocate our own existences outside the market rules. We will expecially look at chapter 1, Disabling Market Intensity, which starts with a passage on ‘crises’, and Chapter 6, The Post-Professional Ethos., and how our artistic practice relates to counter-productivity, alternative education and economic strategies.

26 February 2016, 6-8pm, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London

Posted by Ruth on February 10 2016
Future Library
21 January 2016

We have been invited by One of My Kind (OOMK) to take part in an evening of talks and panel discussion about the future of libraries, with Leila Kassir (Librarian at LCC) and Nicholas Brown (Library Manager at Iniva). The event is part of OOMK’s ‘Future Library’ residency at Open School East, in partnership with Bookworks.

21 January 2016, Open School East, The Rose Lipman Building 43 De Beauvoir Rd N1 5SQ

Posted by Ruth on January 1 2016