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Alternative Degree Show

Opening: Today

17 Jun 2021 – 23 Jun 2021

Regular hours

Thu, 17 Jun
10:00 – 18:00
Fri, 18 Jun
10:00 – 18:00
Sat, 19 Jun
10:00 – 18:00
Sun, 20 Jun
10:00 – 18:00
Mon, 21 Jun
10:00 – 18:00
Tue, 22 Jun
10:00 – 18:00
Wed, 23 Jun
10:00 – 18:00

Free admission

Art Hub Gallery

London
England, United Kingdom

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Travel Information

  • 188, 199, 177, 53
  • New Cross (London Overground), Deptford Bridge (DLR)
  • Deptford, Greenwich

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An act of protest and solidarity. An arts trail set in Lewisham Borough, across 8 venues, featuring the works of 17 incredible final year students on the BA Fine Art & History of Art course at Goldsmiths University. June 17-23rd 2021.

About

Private View: Thursday 17th June, 4-8pm, Art Hub Gallery, Creekside, Deptford.

Featured artists:

Alba Schloessingk

Alec Heritier 

Bella Bonner-Evans

Chantel Foo

Isabel Lea

Itiya Stawski

Jack Holme

James Southall-Ford

Katerina Matheson

Katrina Nzegwu

Kurtis Lincoln

Marian Lee

Meda Povilonytė

Niharika Pore

Roo Gehring

Rosie Martin 

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Exhibition venues:

Art Hub Gallery, Deptford Lounge, Deptford X, hARTslane, No Format Gallery, Lewisham Arthouse

Public programme venues:

Jupiter Woods Gallery, Hill Station Community Cafe

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Press release:

The Alternative Degree Show manifests as an art trail across Lewisham Borough, including traditional art venues, public spaces, and community centres. It is a group project predicated on community building and the desire to allow art to breathe outside of the edu- cational institution. It includes the dynamic and exciting work of graduating students on the BA Fine Art & History of Art programme at Goldsmiths, University of London. Our show will coincide with the traditional degree show at Goldsmiths, however it will differ in all other ways. We hope it becomes its own entity, pitched against the shortcomings we perceive in our institution, the commercialisation of art’s education, its deemed unimportance in the eyes of the Tory Government and the entrenched problematics (such as racism and competitiveness) within the art industry as a whole.

Particular micro and macro socio-political events birthed this idea in the minds of a group of socially conscious final year students. The Global Pandemic, and its impact on arts education allowed us to ques- tion what a degree show means and, more important- ly, who it serves. The reinvigoration of the Black Lives Matter Movement coincided with allegations of insti- tutional racism impacting an invaluable tutor on our course Evan Ifekoya, and leading to their withdraw- al of labour. We are unsatisfied with Goldsmiths’ re- sponse to this incident, and their attempts at tackling institutional racism more widely.

Our show exists within Goldsmiths’ environs,and is conscious of this fact. We are working with cultural institutions such as London Community Video Archive, Women in Film SE15 and the Lewisham Migration Museum to create a public program alongside the exhibition, allowing us to work in and with our community to platform marginalised voices.

The recent Tory government initiative to halve funding for arts education, and our own Senior Management Team’s misrunning of our university have led to extensive strikes by overworked and underpaid staff. These issues have impacted us directly, and are symptomatic of a wider disregard for the value of creative education. We recognise the precariousness of working class students on arts/creative university courses, and want to actively resist the notion that art education is either valueless or elitist. We will not be showing in the Goldsmiths Degree Show, in an effort to highlight these failings, and create a new space for reimagining. 

Ultimately, these events and uncontrollable circumstances have presented us with a space for questioning. We want to reframe the meaning of a ‘degree show’ within a wider context of contemplating ‘what kind of artists we want to be?’ Collectively, we have realised that genuine community engagement, conscious practice, and transparent commitment to our peers and our politics is paramount. The ‘Alternative Degree Show’ lays bare questions regarding Institutional Art Education, gentrification and racial discourses which have often been suppressed within canonical ‘art world’ narratives. Our show is a celebration of community and an attempt to unearth the pressing issues of our time, taking a purposeful look towards the future of arts education, ourselves as creators and the industry we are entering. 

We are partnering with the following organisations in the facilitation of the Alternative Degree Show. Generous contributions extend to use of venues, in-kind support, AV loans, curatorial/event management advice and promotion: 

Art Hub

Artist in Residence (AiR)

Bold Tendencies 

Collective Ending HQ

Deptford X

F.A.T. Studios

Hannah Barry Gallery

Harts Lane

Hill Station Community Cafe

Jupiter Woods Gallery

Lewisham Arthouse

No Format Gallery

People’s Heritage Museum of Deptford

SE Salon

The Albany/Deptford Lounge

Women in Film SE15

Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action

Goldsmiths UCU

The Rights Collective

London Community Video Archive

EKO Magazine

Goldsmiths Star

Rainbow Collective 

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