No School! ¿Manifestos for Change?
led by Natasha Thembiso Ruwona
6pm – 8:30pm, Tuesday 24 March 2020
Due to COVID-19/Coronavirus this event was cancelled and revised as an online workshop (Afro-Futurism & Spatial Practices, 1 April 2020).
Rhubaba is delighted to present the second installment of No School! workshops, a series that are facilitated by artists in order to examine the weighted conditions of balancing an art practice in an environment where access to art is limited and well-being is compromised.
¿Manifestos for Change? is a workshop led by artist Natasha Ruwona, for those who are interested in reforming arts education, institutional critique and research as an artistic practice. With Afro-Futurism at the core of this workshop, our critiques will provide new possibilities for engaging with art education.
During the workshop we will investigate the ways in which the arts continues to fail those of us who are defined as “marginalised“ by society as we work to create potential solutions that reimagine its future. Exercises will include creating your own gallery or rewriting the rules for a previously existing one. No prior knowledge or reading on such matters is required.
All materials and pizza will be provided.
If you wish to attend the workshop, please book your place by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org by the 20th of March 2020.
Natasha Thembiso Ruwona is an artist, arts educator and curator based in Glasgow. Her arts practice is research based and deals with the topics of post-colonialism and the processes of decolonisation through the mediums of poetry, digital art and performance. Natasha is interested in knowledge as a curatorial process that can be challenged via art and anti-colonial methods, as well as how the structures of arts institutions perpetuate white supremacy. Natasha’s curatorial practice prioritises the presence of People of Colour within these spaces by challenging these structures and by creating opportunities for PoC – evidenced in her contribution to the Invisible Spaces exhibition that took place at Summerhall in 2018. She is a Project Co-ordinator for the collective UncoverED which is based at The University of Edinburgh – a project researching into the global and imperial history of the UoE. Natasha has recently completed a curatorship for the Africa in Motion Film Festival 2019 and she currently works for Glasgow Short Film Festival and is an assistant producer for Claricia Parinussa.
No School! is a learning programme inspired by the value crisis of desperate measures, desiring the political agency of wrongness, badness, inefficiency, laziness and defeat, heartbreak and loneliness. No School! also wants for contradiction, publics, furniture, hooting joyous clapping shouts of laughter, good food shared and the logical contortions of revolutionary praxis.
Practically, No School! is a series of workshops and events, whose existence is in debt to histories of radical pedagogy and self-organised education.