Application deadline: 31 March 2019 – click here to apply
CAMPUS is a year-long and city-wide independent study programme in curatorial, visual and cultural studies, based on collaborative knowledge production and innovative research practices. Taking place across different locations in Nottingham (Nottingham Contemporary, Primary, and Bonington), CAMPUS welcomes participants from different backgrounds who wish to engage in conversations about contemporary debates and further explore interdisciplinary practices.
The 2019-20 programme looks at critical pedagogy, and explores questions around alternative modes of education and how we learn and produce knowledge collectively. It takes the centenary of the Bauhaus as a prompt to investigate the educational role of cultural organisations and to experiment with new ideas, asking questions about the role and legacies of education, as well as proposing new models.
As part of CAMPUS, participants will devise and deliver a collective curatorial project throughout the year at Nottingham Contemporary, with the support of a guest artist, guest speaker, and Nottingham Contemporary curators.
CAMPUS is open to 20 participants, selected via an open call. The programme is free and designed to welcome participants from different backgrounds and disciplines, ages and interest areas (from artists to curators, historians and sociologists, economists and geographers, writers and dramaturgs, archivists and tutors, performers and architects, etc.) who wish to engage in conversations about contemporary debates, critical thinking and cultural studies. We are looking for an intergenerational group who share an interest in collective knowledge production and feel drawn to projects that bring together artistic, research, and curatorial practices as well as socio-political urgencies to respond to our complex cultural context. There are no age limits or academic prerequisites. The level of the programme is equivalent to a postgraduate degree.
The programme runs from October 2019 to June 2020, meeting monthly in 3-day gatherings (Thursday-Saturday, 10am-9pm) with seminars, group tutorials, walks, communal meals, and presentations in an experimental learning environment. Participants are expected to continue developing their independent research while simultaneously engaging with Nottingham Contemporary discursive input and support structure.