2019 Cohort for Artist-Run Contemporary Art Education (UK)


Entry Deadline: Sep. 30

Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Avenue
Westcliff on Sea, ENG SS0 8NB



The Other MA (TOMA) is a 12-month artist-run education model based in Southend-on-Sea. TOMA is currently the only postgraduate level art programme in Essex after all others were stopped by their host Universities. It was set up in 2016 to offer responsive, affordable, accessible art education to artists.

Designed to fit the everyday lives of 21st century artists TOMA was created in response to the hierarchies surrounding accessing higher education. TOMA is open to all + welcomes everyone. We want our programme + the dialogues within it to represent the diverse world we live in.

TOMA is looking for 12 artists to join the programme for 2019/2020. TOMA artists are makers + doers; active learners who want to be part of a community of artists working together. TOMA wants to eradicate the pupil teacher hierarchy, choosing instead to put emphasis on learning together, failing together + succeeding as a group. Artists on the programme choose the route of what they learn + who delivers it. Here, they are both teacher + student.

~ We are not interested in your CV, just the work you make + how you want to interact in the world ~


TOMA is coordinated by a small team who are responsive to the artist group. TOMA wants to encourage independent thought alongside close knit community spirit. It is a non-accredited programme which aims to foster experimentation, responsiveness + collaboration. TOMA artists experience this through self-directed + collaborative study meeting at least three times a month to take part in a variety of activities. These meetings mainly take place at the weekend or in the evening making the programme accessible for those who have weekday work or family commitments.

TOMA educational opportunities + support in the form of…
• Tutorials
• Group crits
• Day-long visiting artist / practitioner sessions
• Seminars
• Lectures
• Critical theory sessions
• Practical workshops
• Peer feedback
• Support in the production of projects
• Off-site trips to art spaces
• Collaborative project opportunities
• A residency
• Exhibition + public programme opportunities

Application > > > form available online https://form.jotformeu.com/92134269301350

Application deadline > > > Midnight Monday 30 September

Interview dates > > > Friday 11 October, Saturday 12 October

Course cost > > > Per year £900 / per month £75 \ can work out a payment plan to suit individuals

Supported spaces > > > There are 2 supported FREE spaces available this year for artists who could otherwise not access the programme.

Programme starts > > > Saturday 30 November

|| for more information contact Emma Edmondson on [email protected] ||

*** TOMA was set up in partnership with Metal in Southend-on-Sea in 2016, working with them for an incubation period before becoming an independent not for profit. TOMA has received funding from Arts Council England as well as private patrons + Paul Robinson Solicitors. TOMA is artist-run+ we believe in lifelong learning + aim to make the possibility of postgraduate style art education accessible to all.

The Other MA (TOMA*)

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