12 Hour Sit-in Revel

25 Jun 2022

Regular hours

Sat, 25 Jun
10:30 – 23:00

Free admission

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University of Dundee Botanic Garden

Scotland, United Kingdom


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A 12-hour community of open-air conversations, dance, music, performance, readings, screenings, workshops, and food to re-imagine art education and unsettle systems of knowledge.


In the shade of trees in summertime The Ignorant Art School will cultivate alternative futures, determined not by what we know, but by how we learn, unlearn, create and share knowledge together. In the words of the visionary Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, the 12 Hour Sit-in Revel will activate a landscape “where the mind is without fear, the head is held high and where knowledge is free.”

Radical in intent and collaborative by nature, the 12 Hour Sit-in Revel will bring together a coalition of artists, activists, culture workers, educators, musicians, performers, students, thinkers, writers, and various communities in Scotland and from around the world to sing and dance, to observe and reflect, to listen and watch, to converse, question, and so constitute a ‘field of possibility’ (bell hooks).


Sam Ainsley (artist and educator), Regina Bittner (Head of the Academy and Deputy Director, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation), Anne-Marie Copestake (artist and educator), Jemma Desai (writer and researcher), Ruth Ewan (artist), Gudskul (educational knowledge-sharing platform of Jakarta-based artists collectives ruangrupa, Serrum, and Grafis Huru Hara), David Harding (artist and educator), Ashanti Harris (artist), Jade Montserrat (artist, researcher and activist), Harun Morrison (artist and writer), Serubiri Moses (curator and writer), ​​​​​​​Awuor Onyango (artist), Hardeep Pandhal and Joe Howe (MIDIevil x Spider Knife), Kapil Seshasayee (musician), Ross Sinclair (artist and educator), Ranjana Thapalyal (artist and researcher), Grant Watson (curator and researcher).

Full contributor list and schedule updated on Cooper Gallery's website:


A small access fund is available to support travel and access costs for attending the event. The funds are distributed on a first come first served basis. Please be aware we may need to close the fund early if demand is high, so please get in touch prior to the 25 June.

Fund for Travel

To access funds for travel please email and let us know where you are travelling from. We will book trains in advance for attendees and ticket collection references will be sent to you by email.

Please be in touch if you have other access needs including BSL interpretation, costs for Childcare, Carers & Support Workers and other needs.

This fund has been made possible by support from SCAN.


Large print versions of the event information will be available, please ask our Guides. If you require alternative formats for material please email in advance.

Venue Info

The event is held at University of Dundee Botanic Garden.

The event will take under the cover of a marquee and partly outdoors. During the event there attendees will be asked to travel short distances between locations within the Botanic Garden.

There are wheel friendly paths within the Botanic Garden. 

There are wheelchair accessible toilets near the entrance. 

There are baby changing facilities at the Visitor Centre

Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs wearing their working harnesses are welcome.

University of Dundee 
Botanic Garden & Grounds
Riverside Drive 
DD2 1QH 

Funding support

The Ignorant Art School Sit-in Revel is programmed by Cooper Gallery, DJCAD and held in partnership with University of Dundee Botanic Garden.

It is supported by funding from the National Lottery through Creative Scotlandthe British Council, the Goethe-Institut Glasgow and the Scottish Contemporary Art Network


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