TOMA* artists have delved into the Beecroft Art Gallery archives to produce new artworks informed by, responding to or disrupting pieces held within the collection. Artworks that have not been seen by the public for over 20 years will be on show with the TOMA artists’ responses for the exhibition; video sits alongside sculpture, performance alongside painting, sound alongside print. The contemporary work is shown alongside archival pieces for the alternative art programme's first group show.
There will also be an limited edition catalogue to accompany the exhibition featuring work by the TOMA cohort. This includes plans, preparations, explanations and other complete artworks. These will be available for free to visitors.
The TOMA artists are:
Ian A. Ryan
Anna B. Sexton
*TOMA is an affordable student led alternative fine art programme pitched at postgraduate level based at Metal Art School in Southend-on-Sea. It is a response to the fact that many artists who wish to continue their learning and critical discourse with peers are unable to access most current MA provisions for a number of reasons – time, cost, work or family commitments.
Designed to fit the everyday lives of contemporary working artists TOMA is a space to work and develop their practice within a critical framework for postgraduate level. TOMA is unaccredited in the traditional sense, but provides a programme of learning that benefits the practice of artists in the same way. A socially engaged model, which works as an artist led co-operative, TOMA takes on parts of the structure of a standard art MA, but is also responsive to its artists. Participants directly steer the study programme, choosing those who comes to teach on it and the topics explored. Fluid and open in its evolution, TOMA is an independent space where there is freedom to choose, learn and grow alongside a community of peer-artists.
Find out more about TOMA on www.toma-art.com
**With thanks to Metal Art School and Beecroft Art Gallery for their continued support.