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THE OCCUPATION OF THE SLADE SCHOOL OF FINE ART We believe that the current proposed cuts to university funding threaten the existence of arts and humanities education in England and Wales. It is for this reason that we have made the decision to occupy the Slade School of Art building. We demand that the government provide the same protection for arts and humanities in universities as is provided for the sciences. We vehemently oppose the transformation of the university system into market based model; education should be a public debate, not a private economy. Therefore we the students of the Slade are offering a space for the assembly of all art colleges in England in order to organise non-violent direct action against what we view as an attack by the government on the arts. This is not a virtual exchange, this is a physical assembly. We are demonstrating the value of physical space for art education through the continuation of our day-to-day activity, as well as by inviting other colleges to participate in open events, lectures and workshops. Our occupation is not designed to be disruptive, nor will it engender any damage to the building. Rather, we want to highlight the value of intellectual and cultural exchange within art courses. This is not a boycott, it is an act of support. As well as fully supporting the demands of the existing UCL occupation of the Jeremy Bentham Room, the staff and students of the Slade School of Fine Art demand the following from UCL: A statement from the UCL provost condemning the cuts to arts and humanities courses and stating the intrinsic value of these courses within higher education. A statement from the UCL provost guaranteeing the protection of the Slade’s courses as they are. This means preserving the current staff to student ratio, protecting facilities and space and continuing funding for visiting lecturers. A statement from the UCL provost guaranteeing the survival and continued funding of all other humanities courses within UCL. Free access in and out of the building 24 hours for all students, peers and speakers for the duration of the occupation. Ensure no victimisation or repercussions for anyone participating in the occupation.

Boris Groys: “Education by Infection”

Here’s some excerpts of a text that some of has have been reading here at Slade. For anyone interested, there will be a chance to discuss it at the “Surplus to requirements?” exhibition-symposium at Woburn Square on wednesday. The extract … Continue reading

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DEAD OR ALIVE IN THE EMPIRE OF CULTURE (THAT ALWAYS STRIKES BACK)

OK IMAGINE THIS: The whole of Culture is an Empire. The Empire’s collective consciousness understands and accepts things as having the function of Art. A painting, or a bronze sculpture for example are long accepted and understood as Art. An … Continue reading

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EDUFACTORY

European Meeting of University Struggles 11th-13th February-Paris Come however you will or may. edufactory website facebook page

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Save EMA: National Student Strike Day of Action-Wednesday 26 January · 12:00 – 15:00

Walk out, Sit In, Teach Out, Shout Out. Coming together …1.Many meeting points (your college or school, local train station and so on) but a central one meeting point at 12noon in Trafalgar Square  Big School Swoop 2.Where possible, … Continue reading

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The Really Free School

Surrounded by institutions and universities, there is newly occupied space where education can be re-imagined. Amidst the rising fees and mounting pressure for ‘success’, we value knowledge in a different currency; one that everyone can afford to trade. In this … Continue reading

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lewisham against fees and cuts: wednesday action

Lewisham Against Fees & Cuts – Street Party & Sound System! In solidarity with FE student walkout, fight back against the attack on Further Education, the cuts to the EMA, and the fees increase at Goldsmiths and across the UK. … Continue reading

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Artist of the Resistance Meeting-Wednesday 26th January

ARTISTS OF THE RESISTANCE – OPEN PLANNING MEETING WED 26th JAN, 6.30-8.30PM MARCHMONT COMMUNITY CENTRE 62 MARCHMONT ST, WC1 1AB ****** The government has made its cultural agenda clear: corporate, elitist and reckless. But opposition is growing. Come along to … Continue reading

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