IMAE is a one-year course. The course is set out over three phases with each phase encompassing two taught modules. The relationship between theory and practice underpins the entire programme. Hence, Independent Praxis is informed by themes drawn from each of the corresponding modules. IP runs throughout the course and culminates in the production of a major ‘Arts with Public’ project.
'Site specific college, iMAE students at The Playhouse in Northern Ireland'.
Our current teaching staff are drawn from an international field of artists and educationalists dedicated to the core values of the course. They come from Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and of course the Netherlands. This international team brings a wealth of experiences and expertise form the field to share with students at our studio base in Arnhem.
In addition to this, we closely collaborate with and have workshops at Arte Útil based at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.
All taught sessions and workshops are open and dialogical in form – therefore we encourage debate and conversations to emerge out of the sessions that will ultimately inform the praxis of our students.
Seminars and lectures will form a connection between Social Justice, Education and Pedagogy. These agendas are explored through the lens of human rights, development, ecology, conflict and peace studies, and international affairs.
Our aim is to prepare a new generation of artists to take their place in the growing field of Socially Engaged Arts Practice (SEAP). These artists must learn how to use their artistry to promote social justice and enable agency. Therefore, we place a significant emphasis on fieldwork. In Arnhem students will collaborate with local partner organisations and artists to initiate projects focussed on specific themes and (problematic) areas of the city. One of the international placements is in the context of Northern Ireland (Conflict Transformation). Here, students work alongside and learn from cultural workers and artist activists who have dedicated their life and practice to the promotion of social justice.
Throughout the course you will have access to a personal tutor who will guide you with your professional and pastoral concerns. There will be a sustained programme of group tutorials that aim to encourage and develop a community of praxis.
The iMAE studio acts as an interface between private and public space. Our course is based at a large disused post office in the multicultural area of Spijkerkwartier in Arnhem. Our studio is designed to act as an incubator, where students exchange ideas and develop their own research while also drawing on the interdisciplinary nature of the studio context. Dance blends with visual arts, music, theatre, architecture, fashion and other disciplines to form a unique learning environment built on Joseph Beuys concept of ‘Arts and Research Exchange’ (ARE).