Sunday, 15 March 2009

Opening of Islington Mill reference Library

This week sees the launch of the new Islington Mill Arts reference Library, initiated by the Art Academy working with artist Gary Leddington. The library is an arts resource comprised of artists monographs, exhibition catalogues and survey publications as well as cultural theory ranging from philosophy to art. One of the long-term goals of the library is to develop a specialised section of publications from locally based artists. The library is a free and publicly available resource compiled on a donations basis, with over 300 publications attained from the initial call. The library will be launched on Monday 16th and will be officially open to use by appointment from then onwards. Coinciding with the exhibition The Dilemma of Archive, the launch will see the library open for browsing and is the perfect opportunity to bring along any donations.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Instructions for a Drawing Class

IMAA have begun the first of a six week long remote postal project with artist Chloe Briggs. We have enlisted 4 groups to take part in the project. The other groups are based in Marseille, Glasgow and Berlin. Communication between the groups will be restricted to the postal service only for the duration of the project. Here are some excerpts from Chloe's introduction to the project: "The 'Instructions for a Drawing Class' are being offered as an experimental form of art school syllabus that I will send by post once a week. I am interested in the potential for a written set of 'instructions' to activate a meaningful class/educational experience directed from a distance and without a teacher present. The 'classes' that I have designed evolved out of my interest in how to engage students in a creative process that involved risk-taking rather than a limited focus on the assessed end product required by the institution; work that interests me most is often deemed a failure by students."

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Art Academy take part in Frieze Survey

Islington Mill Art Academy have contributed a piece for the current Frieze magazine survey on professionalism in the arts. Frieze asked 16 curators, writers and artists how they thought the languages, codes, education and buisness methods resulting from an increasingly professionalised art world are affecting creative freedom. You can read the piece here: