Crèche Course

Saturday 11 January 2014, 12–4pm

Places are free but is booking required. Email [email protected] or phone 020 7724 4300.

The meetings are open to the public - feel free to bring your children.

Nurseries in art schools
Childcare in art schools
Parents in art schools

Where we were
Where we are
Where we want to be

Join us for an afternoon of presentations around the past, present and future of nurseries and childcare in London, in particular to but not limited to, nurseries in art schools.

The event will involve presentations and debates reflecting on the original creche at Royal College of Art started in 1969 and closed in the early 1980s; discussions on the current wave of closures; survival strategies and the movements to re-instate them. Through a series of ‘working tables’ we will rethink what are the implications of having/not having childcare in an art school, plus imagine what different models of childcare could be developed if art schools embraced childcare as an essential provision.

Join us in a communal exercise to expand our common ideas of how art schools relate to parents and children, what child care is, and what we want the broader culture of art schools to be.

Presentations and debates include:
Artist Jane Furst on starting the initial RCA creche in 1968/69, in conversation with her daughter.
Vanessa King who was a child at the RCA in the 70s, chaired by Richard Wentworth, artist and Professor of Sculpture at The Royal College of Art, London from 2009-11
Artist Andrea Francke on the Nursery Project at Chelsea College of Art
Writer and research student Kim Dhillon and RCA SU Vice President
Tom Gottelier on the current campaign to reinstate the RCA crèche
Dr Catherine Grant, Lecturer in Art and Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, and parent and Graham Gaskell, Chief Executive Goldsmiths Students’ Union on the Goldsmiths SU nursery.

If you would like to lead a working table please contact Andrea at [email protected] or Kim kimsukie@

This event is part of Survival Strategies, initiated by Andrea Francke and The Showroom during Invisible spaces of parenthood: A collection of pragmatic propositions for a better future, a Communal Knowledge project at The Showroom in 2012.

The Survival Strategies meetings are informal open sessions for cultural workers to meet and exchange on the challenges they face, and strategies they have developed, in order to deal with the specificities of labour in the arts and cultural sector. In particular in relation to, but not limited to, parenting. Meetings are organised around guest speakers, recommended readings, or both.

Image courtesy of Andrea Francke.


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