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Antiuniversity Now x Anarchist Bookfair In London presents:

Antiuniversity Festival

Saturday 4th September @ 3:00 pm - Friday 10th September @ 6:00 pm
Saturday 4th September @ 3:00 pm - Friday 10th September @ 6:00 pm

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Antiuniveristy Now are joining forces with the Anarchist Bookfair in London to bring together a week-long Antiuniversity Festival from the 4th to the 10th of September, followed by the Anarchist Bookfair in London on the 11th and 12th of September.

The Antiuniversity is an ongoing programme of self-organised radical learning and mutual education events. It is a collaborative experiment to challenge academic and class hierarchy – in, outside and against existing institutional structures.

The Anarchist Bookfair has become one of the central annual anarchist events in London, with an extensive history of rabble rousing, community organising, activism, discussions, bookselling and much more.

🦠 This year, events will take place in-person and/or in virtual spaces. For those ready to move towards in-the-flesh happenings, we gently remind you to plan things in respect of covid-19 guidelines and everyone’s comfort zones. 😷

Please find the full programme of events below, with links to further info and to buy tickets.

 

PROGRAMME:

OPEN MEETING: PAUSE OR PAY UK

Saturday 4th September • 3pm – 4pm

Pause or Pay UK is inviting all studio-based learners from art and design universities/courses to join in an open discussion of their national campaign! The last year has been more than eventful and we need everyone to help shape the year ahead. Pause or Pay UK’s aim has always been to be diverse and accommodating for all studio-based learners to change the future of arts higher education.

ANARCHO-FEMINIST ZINE-MAKING WORKSHOP

Saturday 4th September • 4pm – 5pm

A workshop on Anarcho-feminist zine-making, run by Gata Negra Collective in collaboration with the Anarchist Pedagogic Network. The workshop is open for individuals and it is also fine to come as a group. However you wish to come, this is a great way to meet other anarchists and create an easy zine that can be used in your learning spaces.

No previous knowledge is required, curiosity and interest is enough! Not sure if you are enough of an artist for this workshop? You are!

BOTANICAL DREAMSCAPE – HOW TO DRAW A TREE

Saturday 4th September • 5pm – 6pm

Japanese artist Mio Ebisu shares tips and basic structures for drawing trees step by step. 1. Observing objects. 2. Breaking down the shape. 3. Adding light & shade. 4. Repeating. Drawing trees is rewarding and therapeutic, offering repetitive actions for free minds. After this session, you’ll be able to draw trees with any materials and create your own imaginary landscape.
STUDENT DIRECT ACTION POTLUCK

Tuesday 7th September • 6pm – 7pm

Liberate the University is hosting a potluck for students to discuss and create direct action tactics for the upcoming academic year. Bringing together seasoned activists, interested students and anyone who wants to be involved, you can learn about successful fee strike strategies over a steaming pot of curry. Listen about our experiences with direct action while eating our favourite vegan cookies. Ask about (and have a bite of) anything you like. Bring a pot, tactics and ideas!
 
COUNTERING POLICING IN EDUCATION

Tuesday 7th September • 7pm – 9pm

A session discussing policing in education: what it looks like, why it should be opposed, and how we can resist it. We ask: How can we, in our classrooms, in administration, in our pastoral roles, stand against policing in education? No prior knowledge or artistic skills required. All are welcome.

 
ORGANISING THE CULTURAL SECTOR: A SOCIAL! (AND SOME WORKSHOPS…)

Wednesday 8th September • 6pm – 8pm

Work in the cultural sector is fragmented, precarious, and poorly regulated. In this social and playful event, the Designers + Cultural Workers branch of United Voices of the World holds an all-member meeting, giving an opportunity for all current and prospective members to find out more about how the union organises, feed ideas into campaigns, connect with other members, and share knowledge.
SOLIDARITY NOT CHARITY: MUTUAL AID THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC AND POSSIBILITIES FOR POST-CRISIS COMMUNITIES OF CARE

Friday 10th September • 12pm – 2pm

The pandemic has turned the world upside down and back to front. People that wouldn’t normally think of themselves as political have been appalled by the inhumanity and unjust nature of government policy. A politics and broad social solidarity founded in the lessons of mutual aid might give us both the outlook to stop suffocating our world and the bonds to bring us together in solidarity and protection against the extremes our near future holds.

 
DESIGNING REVOLUTIONARY POSSIBILITIES

Friday 10th September • 2pm – 3pm

Revolutionary art is more than just good aesthetics. To create art that effectively translates our collective struggle means retaking ownership of art, a new understanding of influence, and a change in artistic process. In this hands-on workshop,  Autonomous Design Group show their different processes and how they utilise a living history to create art for collective liberation.
 
RIP IT UP! FAST-FASHION GETS NEEDLED

Friday 10th September • 3pm – 6pm

Throw-away-culture needs a good talking to. This culture doesn’t want you to save money, love your clothes and love yourself. In this workshop, Careful Now Collective teach you how to fix and alter your clothes to finally fit (such as hemming trousers inches too long). Learn some beautiful and/or wacky visible repairs, and share your own knowledge and teach us a thing or two. Sewing machines, needles and thread will be provided as well as surplus fabric.

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