TALKING OPENLY ABOUT ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION
Inspired by the alternative education models of mainland Europe and a history of radical freeducation from across the Atlantic, we teamed up with Callum Copley and Myles Palmer to create our very own free school. Uninhibited by the elite price tag usually affixed to creative education we set about curating a selection of the greatest educators from around Europe. Practitioners we had been taught by, shared studios with, worked on projects with or just admired from afar.
Setting the brief to the workshop leaders loosely around the theme of FEAR, the intention was to talk openly about the inner anxieties and worries that so many suffered from, both during and after graduating through the further education system.
The stage was set for 60+ students to join from across Europe for 3 days of alternative design education. Emphasis was placed hugely on locality, and the setting of the Old Tidemill School in Deptford helped that massively. Each day students engaged in a workshop from one tutor. At the end of the day the workshop outcomes were presented to the school and everyone stuck around for games, ping pong and networking.