AltMFA is an Alternative Master of Fine Art Course established in 2010, by artists, for artists, as a free alternative to studying a university-based Masters programme in London

Meetings take place on Monday nights between 6.30pm and 9.30pm in different ‘free’ locations around London.

For more info email altmfalondon@gmail.com.

AltMFA incorporates the most desirable elements of an MFA course: space to work, collaborators to argue with, and a social sphere to move within. We squeeze into any space and adapt it to our ends. Unlike a conventional MFA, AltMFA is a common space in which there are no fees and time and facilities are all offered in kind. AltMFA is self-selecting; the only criteria for membership is attendance and the contribution of time and energy. 

AltMFA is non-hierarchical and self-directed; participants set the curriculum. We constantly experiment with potential new structures for our meetings — a good example of this reshaping and reconfiguring of our practice was our month-long Guest Projects residency in May 2015, titled: AltMFA & Friends International Jamboree.

Most recently, starting at the beginning of 2017, we have been developing and delivering our year-long Future-themed programme of lectures funded by an artist-led bursary award from a-n. So far we have had talks and workshops headed by Rosalie Schweiker and Margherita Huntley, Nina Power, Giles Smith of Assemble, a movement workshop by Florence Peake, a lecture by Dave Beech and a performance workshop with Daniel Oliver. Talks by Francesca Cavallo, Hamish McPherson and Owen Parry followed.

In the past AltMFA has had residencies with Merz Barn, aforementioned Guest Projects, Floating Island Gallery, and The Departure Foundation. We have been hosted by Arebyte, May Day Rooms, Dalston Library, Campbell Works, and The Function Room. Previous projects have included ‘OPEN PLAN’ at 55 Gracechurch Street, a collective project space led by students from AltMFA and RCA Sculpture, as well as our live performance tours at ArtLicks Weekend (annually since 2013), and a session for Anti-University Festival 2015, and 2017.

Alt MFA regularly hosts guest speakers and make trips to artists’ studios and arts institutions. These have included Nuno Coelho, John Ros of GalleryELL (NYC), French Mottershead, Michael Archer at Goldsmiths, William Cobbing, Steve Bunn, Simon Callery, Glenn Adamson, activist John Jordan, Rebecca Birch and Field Broadcast, John Hill at Flat Time House, Harriet Murray and Neil Taylor, Keith Harrison at the V&A Museum, and many more.
Alt MFA were contributors to a panel discussion on the current state of arts education for Res|Fest at the Courtauld Institute,  participants in The Royal Academy’s Burlington Gardens Festival as part of the Yinka Shonibare ‘RA Family Album’ events programme, Serpentine Marathon 89plus education project curated by Helene Kazan, were speakers at the New Contemporaries Alternative Education Salon at the ICA, and part of a Goldsmiths College Conference on Alternative Education.


AltMFA ‘Circumbendibus’ residency 2016 at Guest Projects
AltMFA members Sadie and Nathania (between the paintings) at Courtauld Gallery for Res|Fest on a panel about arts education
AltMFA on a panel discussion in Brooklyn, NY for Alternative Art Schools Fair at Pioneer Works (Left to Right – Nathania, Marion and Naima)
AltMFA with MilesKM at Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn sharing a residency
AltMFA on Bermondsey shore for one of our ArtLlicks performance tours
Reccie of Bermondsey shore for one of AltMFA’s ArtLlicks performance tours
AltMFA walking in the Lake District at the location of Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn (while sharing residency with MilesKM)

 

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