The Alternative Art School Fair (ASF) presents an introduction to alternative art schools from around the world. Art education is a reflection of social and cultural evolution; it engages with structures of meaning making and considers different frameworks for experience.
The impetus to create an alternative art school is rooted not only in a desire to create “better” art, but to create the conditions for greater freedom of expression. Often run as free, artist-run initiatives, the values and visions of alternative art schools vary widely in methodology, mission and governance. But even when they are relatively small in scale they provide vital models of cultural critique and experimentation.
The Alternative Art School Fair recognizes that the act of school building is an effort to create institutional structures that are more responsive to cultural evolution. With this in mind the Fair invites the public to engage with these schools at interactive booths long side a weekend program of presentations and discussions that examine the role of such alternatives.
The reasons for this fair are several:
- To provide better visibility for alternative schools and improve access to their programming.
- To create opportunities for schools to share experiences and resources for mutual enrichment.
- To generate awareness and discussion of their methods among a broader public.
- To reflect on the structure and purpose of traditional institutions.
- To demystify the process of creating a school.
- Calls itself a school.
- Engages arts or creative practice education within their programming.
- Proposes something unique in terms of methodology, organization, mission, curriculum, final.
- If the school does not call itself an art school, it should propose something that can impact or transform arts education.
- Is a space that generates alternative systems and new cultural models.
The event organizers are Catherine Despont member of Pioneer Works and Alexandre Gurita, while Dylan Gauthier as a partner.