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The Ignorant Art School: Sit-in Curriculum #1

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

Sit-in #1: Ruth Ewan
We Could Have Been Anything That We Wanted to Be and It’s Not Too Late to Change

Sit-in Curriculum #1 (online)

25 Feb - 24 April 2021

 

Free tickets for all events are available on Eventbrite.

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A History Class: An A-Z of Dundonian Dissent
Sit-in #1 Launch Event
Thu 25 February, 7.30 – 9.00pm
To launch The Ignorant Art School at Cooper Gallery, artist Ruth Ewan, storyteller Erin Farley and historian Siobhan Tolland will present An A-Z of Dundonian Dissent, offering up playful and sometimes surprising anecdotes from the city’s past, including tales of feminist activists, revolutionary trees and striking school children. This opening event will feature specially selected songs performed by Tayo Aluko, Karan Casey, Tosh Flood and Lorraine Wilson alongside readings from Tam Dean BurnSarah Diviney, Poppy PageSit-in #1 Associate Occupier Hussein Mitha and playwright John McCann.

 

A Play Class: Unlearning for Freedom #1
Workshop in association with SCRIEVE
Wed 3 March 6.00 –7.30pm
The first of two script writing workshops facilitated by playwright and community theatre director John McCann, informed by An A-Z of Dundonian Dissent co-authored by artist Ruth Ewan, storyteller Erin Farley and historian Siobhan Tolland. The material generated from these workshops will contribute to the development of an audio drama to be shared at a later date.

 

A Reading Class: Proletarian Art, Proletarian Culture
Thu 11 March 6.00 – 7.30pm
An audio presentation and reading group, faciliated by researcher and Sit-in #1 Associate Occupier Hussein Mitha, exploring a particular conception of proletarian culture and art in the wake of the Russian Revolution, through readings of extracts from Leon Trotsky, Asja Lācis, Walter Benjamin, and ‘Proletkult’ publications.

 

A Play Class: Unlearning for Freedom #2
Workshop in association with SCRIEVE
Wed 17 March 6.00 – 7.30pm
The second of two script writing workshops facilitated by playwright and community theatre director John McCann, informed by An A-Z of Dundonian Dissent co-authored by artist Ruth Ewan, storyteller Erin Farley and historian Siobhan Tolland. The material generated from these workshops will contribute to the development of an audio drama to be shared at a later date.

 

A Strike Class: The Clock Stops
Thu 25 March 6.00 – 7.30pm
An in-conversation event with ex-Timex workers and activists Mary McGregor and Charlie Malone on the 1993 Timex Strike in Dundee, facilitated by artist and activist Stella Rooney, exploring education on the picket line and the capitalist construction of time. Introduced with a film by Rooney, shot at the location of the Camperdown Timex factory, this discursive event will draw on local histories and ongoing activism in Dundee, reimagining the location and hierarchies of traditional educational structures.

 

A Beauty Class: Society, Politics and Transcendence
Thu 1 April 7.30 – 8.30pm
An event with author and social critic Minna Salami on how beauty could shape the sociopolitical, cultural and economic relationships that we have with each other and with the nonhuman natural world. The session will explore beauty as a necessary feminist tool for regenerating society and politics. It will cover topics such as knowledge, activism, decolonisation, and leadership. The question, “what would change if we seriously thought about how to beautify the crises of society?” will be at centre of the event.

 

An Optimism Class: A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World
Thu 8 April 7.30  9.00pm
A variety of artists perform a selection of songs addressing ideas of social transformation from Ruth Ewan’s ongoing project A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World. The event is a fundraiser for Optimistic Sound, a charity established by the family of Michael Marra, Scottish singer-songwriter and musician from Dundee, supporting the Sistema Scotland Music Programme in Dundee set up to transform the lives of young people and families through music.

 

A Slogan Class: Three Word Chant!
Thu 15 April 6.00 – 7.30pm
Investigating the history of protest posters, this workshop facilitated by designer Neil McGuire will explore ways of using expressive lettering and political slogans to promote a cause, defend a right, or stake a claim. Through the process of honing and refining three-word slogans, a toolkit of protest materials will be created together. Following the workshop, at a later date the posters will be placed in public space, documented and shared in context.

 

A Public Class: Radical Pub Crawl
Thu 22 April 7.30 - 9.00pm
Line up your drinks and come on a virtual pub crawl through time and space. Exploring the radical past and potential of the public house, artist Ruth Ewan will take you to ‘The Goths’ of Scotland’s east coast with writer Henry Bell, followed by Sylvia Pankhurst’s ‘The Mothers’ Arms’ in east London. The pub crawl will finish up at Dundee’s Tay Bridge Bar where we will meet Frida Kahlo and take part in a pub quiz with prizes hosted by artist Yara El-Sherbini and co-host Hussein Mitha.

 

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All enquiries please contact: exhibitions@dundee.ac.uk

Funding support:

The Ignorant Art School at Cooper Gallery, DJCAD is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and the Henry Moore Foundation. 

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