I’m a bit excited about the prospect of this Art School beginning: Fairfield International. I don’t know exactly what the reality of it is, whether it’s open or not, but I like it’s aphorisms:
It’s conceived by Ryan Gander:
The academy will be called Fairfield International and the plan is simple: When you give young brilliant artists some time and space, everything else becomes contributing factors to their work. At Fairfield International, there will be a sense of retreat because it’s by the sea; all the art world distractions that don’t help an artist work—an opening one night, a party the other, applications for money from the arts council, random teaching jobs, going into a share or living in their parents’ spare room, then having only a week in a studio—won’t be available. All of those have the potential to turn an artist into an idiot, rather than a savant of their own practice who learns by making mistakes. [ARTFORUM 500 Words]
An example of artists taking the notion of a sustainable practice seriously, taking art education into their own hands. Gander wants to target inequality by address the problems of time/space/money which artists face. Which is why he wants to set up his own school with Simon Turnbull. There’s a good interview with him here by Stephanie Bailey.