Freelands Foundation Gallery : Resist, Things Artists do whilst Learning to Teach April – June 2019
Things Artists do Whilst Learning to Teach
26th April - 9 June 2019
113 Regent's Park Rd, Primrose Hill, London NW1 8UR
Marley Backler, Johanne Bertaux-Strenna, Lucy Burningham, Holly Cantley, Sharan Chana, Isabel Clancy, Sophie Cobb, Olly Djordjevic, Ben Eggleton & Jeeda Nouri, Siobhan Fennessy, John Fitzgerald, Katie Grosvenor, Ellice Gardiner, Rhiannon Jones, Alice Kemp, Helena Lacey & Jess Midgley, Katie Lerman, Charlotte Longsworth, Hannah Michalakis, Ellie Northway, Sophie Ormerod, Susan Turner, Anita Walker and Petica Watson
Resist – Things Artists Do Whilst Learning to Teach is the culmination of a collaborative project between artist teachers from the Art & Design PGCE course at the Institute of Education, University College London and the Freelands Foundation. While on teaching placements in secondary schools across Greater London, the artist teachers were invited to reflect on their position as artists in schools, investigate their new context, and make an artwork in response to this situation. In some cases, this has meant continuing an established practice but focusing on a new subject, in others the shock of the school environment has generated new ways of working. There is a rich tradition of great artists making great teachers; there are also countless anecdotes about how all-consuming working in schools can become, and how difficult it is to maintain any sort of practice alongside teaching. These artists are at the start of their careers in schools and balancing life as an artist and as an art teacher can be demanding. This exhibition, and an accompanying publication, captures their insights and ideas at this important moment. The exhibition title Resist was born out of conversations that took place when the content of the exhibition was being brought together. It is consciously assertive and reflects the feeling among these artists that they are entering teaching at a challenging time.