1st Edition

Co-operative Education, Politics, and Art Creative, Critical, and Community Resistance to Corporate Higher Education

Edited By Richard Hudson-Miles, Jackie Goodman Copyright 2025
    264 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This timely and compelling volume furthers understandings of contemporary art education in international contexts and the position of alternative art colleges in relation to the neoliberal academy and arts economy.

    Defining the concept of ‘cooperative education’ and articulating its centrality and relevance to the so-called ‘alternative’ or ‘autonomous’ art schools it examines, the book presents innovative explorations of its central topics such as art educator identities, the non-profitization of arts studios, and the Anthropocene, whilst drawing these into relation with important contemporary political and academic concerns such as decolonisation, feminism, and neoliberalism. Chapters showcase a range of international viewpoints, dialogues, and empirical research contributions from notable scholars, renowned artists and experienced educators.

    This book will be of use to scholars, researchers and postgraduate students in education policy and politics, arts education, and higher education. Members of professional bodies such as art historians, critics and curators may also find the volume of interest.

    1. Introduction

    Richard Hudson-Miles


    Part 1: Co-operation


    2. A Framework for Co-operative Higher Education: Beyond Public and Private

    Mike Neary and Joss Winn

    3. The Politics of Education or Education by Politics? Live Learning

    Steve Hanson

    4. Roundtable On Collaboration Between Mainstream and Alternative Art School: A Roundtable Discussion Between Members of The National Association of Fine Art Educators

    Members of the National Association of Fine Art Educators: Andrew Bracey, Valerie Oliver, Jenny Walden, Jackie Goodman, Richard Hudson-Miles, John Hammersley and Marsha Bradfield

    5. Exploring Perceived Identities Of Art Educators: Outsiders On The Inside And Alongside

    Andrew Middleton and Cilla Ross


    Part 2: Contexts


    6. The Alternative Art School and the History of the Social Reproduction of Artistic Labour

    Dave Beech

    7. The Art School and the Everyday: No Life Without Art, by Prof. John Beck, University of Westminster

    Matthew Cornford

    8. Identifying Transferable Qualities From Studio Practice To Teaching: Inwards Looking, Outwards Facing

    Dom Heffer

    9. The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence to the Art World

    Anthony David Padgett

    10. Occupying the School: Learning Otherwise

    Sophie Mak-Schram

    11. Autonomous Research and Knowledge Production

    Jakob Jakobsen and Dr. Richard Hudson-Miles

    12. The Nonprofitization Of The Studio: Implications For Arts Education

    Tyler Denmead


    Part 3: Strategies


    13. Making and Making Do Reflections on an Alternative Art College

    Paul Stewart and Mary O’Neill

    14. Decade of the Damned: Notes on School of the Damned 2013 – 2023

    David Steans

    15. Collaboration Over Competition

    Emma Edmondson and Warren Harper

    16. When White Pube went to Turps Art School: Portrait of a Different Kind of Art School

    Zarina Muhammad

    17. The Feral Art School, Hull: Refocusing the Experience of Making Art

    Jackie Goodman

    18. On the New School of the Anthropocene

    Michael Hrebeniak


    19. Conclusion

    Richard Hudson-Miles


    Richard Hudson-Miles is Senior Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies, Leeds Beckett University, UK.

    Jackie Goodman is Co-Founder and Director, The Feral Art School and Hon. Research Associate, Faculty of Arts, Culture and Education, University of Hull, UK.