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ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION // TALK & SOCIAL // PART OF SELF-ORGANISING WEEK

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Part of a week-long series of events called Grow Change! to discuss the idea of self-organising action and its role in society.

This evening wants to better understand the possibilies of education outside of the instituion. To get the discussion going, we hear from Julia Bell (writer and senior lecturer at Birkbeck College) and Dan Coombs (senior tutor in painting at the University of East London and one of the founders of an independent art school' the Turps Banana Painting Programme),

We will then have some smaller group discussions to discuss ideas and make some plans. From 9-10pm we're have some music and a social.

About Julia Bell

Julia Bell is a writer and Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck College, London where she is the Course Director of the successful Creative Writing MA. She is the author of three novels, most recently The Dark Light. The co editor of the Creative Writing Coursebook.

She runs the live literature night In Yer Ear which is producing its first anthology in 2018 in collaboration with Wicked Hag Music in Berlin. Most recently she has been writing essays and poetry. She divides her time between London and Berlin.

About Dan Coombs

Dan Coombs is currently senior tutor in painting at the University of East London . He is one of the founders of The Turps Banana Painting Programme, an independent art school located in Camberwell, South London. He has been Visiting Lecturer in Painting at the Ruskin School, Oxford ( 2001-2007), Wimbledon School of Art ( 2005-2015), and was visiting Professor at Haute ecole d'art et de design in University of Geneva, Switzerland ( 2015-17), as well as Chelsea School of Art, The Slade School of Fine Art , Winchester School of Art, Leeds University, Reading University, Goldsmiths College and The Royal Academy Schools. He was a mentor for the Jerwood Painting Fellowship (2015-16 ). He has written for Turps Banana Magazine as well as the online magazine Abstract Critical.

Turps Banana is based in a studio complex on the Aylesbury Estate in Camberwell, south-east London. There is no bureaucracy, just a studio and a team of painters who mentor the students. It is very direct in its approach, cheaper than an accredited course, and the students are already committed painters who wish to develop their practice. We have been able to attract some major artists to teach because they recognise its closeness to actual studio practice, and find the environment real, raw and stimulating.

Other themes across the week at Grow Change! includes ethical economics; gentrification + community resilience; skill sharing economy and climate change action. Find out more.