NOT SCHOOL is a DIY school where everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner.

A small group of invited participants propose and deliver an activity based around their own research interests, everyone in attendance participates. In exchange for others taking part in your activity you then take part in everyone else’s. NOT SCHOOL is a way to develop and test early stage ideas, to share energy, knowledge, resources, ideas and access to space with each other. Lunch is shared and a collectively compiled Reader is produced.

NOT SCHOOL ONE took place over two days in July 2019 and was held at UWE, Arnolfini studios. Teachers and learners were; Eleanor Duffin, Jo Lathwood, Gregg Mcdonald, Julie McCalden, Ben Thomas, Harriet Bowman, Rachael Clerke, Jessy Young and Jen Conway.

We drew chairs, proposed Council departments and radical policy, made costumes for survival, took each others weight, sang a song, divided up Pedagogy of the Oppressed and read it all, visited the Arnolfini internet server, performed the internet, led each other silently through the city, thought about Bristol waste and gleaning and made models of galleries to try and understand them.

(2019 +)