CAMPUS Independent Study Programme

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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. CAMPUS is a free-to-attend programme of monthly closed-door gatherings and free public talks. Taking place in different locations in Nottingham (Nottingham Contemporary, Primary, Bonington, Backlit), CAMPUS welcomes participants from different backgrounds who wish to engage in conversations about contemporary debates and further explore interdisciplinary practices. CAMPUS is a space of encounter between researchers, practitioners, activists, scholars, institutions and organisations.

The forum is open to 20 participants, selected via an open call (Jan-Mar 2019). The programme starts in October and runs for 9 months. 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, the guest speakers, and Nottingham Contemporary curators. Alongside the closed seminars and public lectures, guest artist Céline Condorelli supports the participants to deliver the collective project in response to the year-long conversations and reflections.

In 2019-2020, CAMPUS 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 new ideas. Given the disinvestment in creative subjects in schools, cultural education and consequently creativity and critical thinking need to find new forums and space for refuge. CAMPUS invites colleagues and participants to join us in asking questions about education, its role and legacies, as well as proposing and performing new models.

For whom

This free programme is 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.

Application Details

Practical Information

The application process has now closed and participants have been selected.

Selection Criteria

Participants are selected via open call. The selection panel are Elvira Dyangani Ose (The Showroom, London); Tom Godfrey (Bonington Gallery, Nottingham); Sofia Lemos (Nottingham Contemporary); Carolina Rito (Nottingham Contemporary); Niki Russell (Primary, Nottingham); Sam Thorne (Nottingham Contemporary).

We welcome applicants from all ages, interest areas, backgrounds and sections of the community, both with and without formal training. If considered necessary, an interview will be conducted (in person or online).

CAMPUS Faculty

Gurminder K. Bhambra is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies in the Department of International Relations in the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex.

Tina Campt is Claire Tow and Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Africana and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women at Barnard.

Céline Condorelli is an artist living in London and Lisbon.

Elvira Dyangani Ose is director of The Showroom and lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths.

Anselm Franke is the head of visual arts and film at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW).

Quinsy Gario is a visual and performance artist from the Dutch Caribbean living in the Netherlands.

Carolina Rito is Professor of Creative Practice Research in the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities, at Coventry University. As former Head of Public Programmes and Research at Nottingham Contemporary, Carolina initiated CAMPUS in dialogue with Nottingham Contemporary director Sam Thorne and the wider Public Programmes and Research team.

Nora Sternfeld is an educator and curator. Sternfeld is a documenta Professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and a Professor of Curating and Mediating Art at Aalto University in Helsinki.

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CAMPUS meets monthly in 3-day gatherings 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.

Oct 2019 - Jun 2020

Monthly, Thu - Sat, 10am-9pm

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