Fri, 10.02.17    
13:00 - 21:00



Event Type


In our second outing at Tate Exchange we explore what the Civic University curriculum will be and what this means for civic education and civil society. Master Classes are organised by the network of ‘Civic Classrooms’ drawn together by the Civic University are classes given to the public by citizens that work towards claiming rights over the city and its spaces. What Master Classes can the emerging curriculum of the Civic University host?

You can share your alternative skills at our CV support desk, ask for bite size knowledge from our human Juke Box, help us write a new British Citizenship Test, visit our Archive of Alternative Schools and Academies and join a series of citizen lead Master Classes which you can sign up to on the day. Master Classes include variety of lessons ranging from techniques in closing the food-waste-energy loop, an ingenious low tech solution to reuse plastic bottles to make furniture, design making an instant poster to reclaim public land or attend our community resource mapping stall.

A Curriculum for a Civic University. Master Classes will run for app 30 minutes and repeat several times in the afternoon. No sign up necessary just drop in. 

Closing the food-waste-energy loop – With Rokiah Yaman from LEAP
How can we manage organic resources in the city to generate community enterprise, engagement and educational opportunities

Joining Bottles – with Micaella Pedros
An empowering wood-joining technique using shrunk plastic bottles.

Starting a Community Land Trust – with the Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) RUSS will share their experience in setting up a Community Land Trust in London. 

Public land grab poster making – with year 10 students from School 21
Produce posters to help claim left over sites in Stratford, east London.

Collaborative mapping of community resources – with JustMap
Produce a collaborative map of London community resources and projects, a tool for community-led planning and initiatives.

Ti(l)e Dye’ing Workshop – with public works
A workshop demonstrating how to use natural dyes in the city.


6:30PM – 8.00PM

Five speakers from different pedagogical backgrounds talking about learning environments where knowledge is shared and generated.

public works – Civic University Introducing the Civic University specifically within the context of the schools we have so far found offering alternative education models and arenas of learning.

Prof Robert Mull – Global Practice Programme. Prof Robert Mull led The Free Unit at the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design since 2004 and is currently developing the Global Practice Programme with international educational, NGO and institutional partners including the Civic University. Robert will explore concepts of educational freedom and duty based on his recent work within the European refugee crisis.

Kathrin Böhm – Eco Nomadic School (aka Learn To Act) The Eco Nomadic School (since 2009) is a pan-European network for local knowledge production and trans-local knowledge exchange. Partners include amongst others atelier d’architecture autogerée (F), Myvillages (NL), Brave New Alps (IT) and APTNV (RO). The upcoming ‘’Learn to Act” publication (June 2017) documents and describes its ongoing but geographically dispersed structure of the school, local curricula and civic pedagogy, international set-up and knowledge sharing as an act of commoning.

raumlabor – Urban School Ruhr (USR) Markus Bader will talk about The Urban School Ruhr (USR) is a free learning platform and a pedagogical experiment that investigates participative and artistic practices in urban space. USR is envisioned as an independent public institution and an assembly of individuals gathered together around a declared common interest. The USR curriculum comprises field trips to European cities and an Open Programme that takes place in the cities of Witten and Hattingen, thus it engages with the present and the future of the Ruhr area. USR is a complex educational program of the Open Raumlabor University developed in cooperation with Urbane Künste Ruhr (Artistic direction: Katja Aßmann)

Dr. Pablo de Soto – #DroneHackademy #DroneHackademy is a hacktivist temporary school and critical theory platform for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles as a social technology. The first edition occurred in Rio de Janeiro to support the struggle of Vila Autódromo, a local community alongside the Olympic Park that resisted eviction. An aerial cartography was produced to show real state violence by the local government and construction companies.