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The School of the Damned is trading in the rat race for some fresh Yorkshire air; a holiday if you will, leaving its home at the Horse Hospital for a week and reconvening in Leeds at Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun.

From the 15th-21st of December the School Of The Damned will be present at Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, working through out the week on a one off event on Saturday the 20th. This will include an open space presentation of new works by the students and an open discussion about the concerns that are central to the school’s inception and their application to provincial cities. Artists: Kerry Campbell, Perce Jerrome, Emily Pope, Josh Whitaker, Hannah Stearn, Ruth Edwards, Tom Hall, Philip Coyne, Benjamin Slinger, Alfie Strong, Emilia Bergmark, Maria Gondek and Moe Meade

The School of the Damned is trading in the rat race for some fresh Yorkshire air; a holiday if you will, leaving its home at the Horse Hospital for a week and reconvening in Leeds at Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun. From the 15th-21st of December the School Of The Damned will be present at Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, working through out the week on a one off event on Saturday the 20th. This will include an open space presentation of new works by the students and an open discussion about the concerns that are central to the school’s inception and their application to provincial cities. Artists: Kerry Campbell, Perce Jerrome, Emily Pope, Josh Whitaker, Hannah Stearn, Ruth Edwards, Tom Hall, Philip Coyne, Benjamin Slinger, Alfie Strong, Emilia Bergmark, Maria Gondek and Moe Meade The School Of The Damned is a course run by its students and supported by a growing circle of visiting lecturers and tutors. It challenges the funding structures within the current system of higher education, providing artists with the opportunity to study in a space which allows for critical discourse and a sustained re-assessment of students art practices. The course aims to establish a new network of artists, academics and institutions, which not only advocates free education, but also demands a universal acknowledgment of education as a fundamental right. This action is a necessary response to the increasingly precarious working-living situation, a lack of time and space is a reality for many practicing artists today. The School Of The Damned facilitates essential time for contemplation and critique of each student’s art practices within a constructive framework. We demand a level of rigour and commitment similar to that of an accredited MA. The course is constantly re-assessing itself in conversation with outside advisers who come from a range of auto-didactic and academic backgrounds. Integral to The School Of The Damned ethos is the labour exchange. Trading time for time is a subversion of the current monetary corruption of the educational system; we rally against the present model of free labour and exploitation within the creative industries. The School Of The Damned does not advocate or condone an independent system of education based on entrepreneurial values, philanthropy, libertarianism or self-reliance. As current occupants of the School, we trust that this protest will continue into the future.

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