The Other MA (TOMA) is a 12-month alternative art education model based at Metal in Southend-on-Sea. Started in 2016 by artist, Emma Edmondson each year 10 students are selected by application for this new alternative art course in Essex. Regular sessions take place each month at Metal’s HQ, Chalkwell Hall and Metal Art School in Chalkwell Park.
Applications are currently open for 2017/18 students – full details of course and how to apply here.
TOMA is a response to the fact that many artists who wish to continue their learning and critical discourse with peers are unable to access most current MA provisions for a number of reasons – time, cost, work or family commitments.
Designed to fit the everyday lives of contemporary working artists TOMA is a space to work and develop practice within a critical framework for postgraduate level. TOMA is an unaccredited MA in the traditional sense, but provides a programme of learning that benefits the practice of artists in the same way. A socially engaged model, which works as an artist led co-operative, TOMA takes on parts of the structure of a standard art MA, but is also responsive to its artists. Participants directly steer the study programme, choosing those who comes to teach on it and the topics explored.
Fluid and open in its evolution, TOMA is an independent space where there is freedom to choose, learn and grow alongside a community of peer-artists. There are also opportunities for TOMA artists to get involved in the many projects Metal run as well as use their spaces to research and make work.
Funded by its participants TOMA costs £75 per month to attend which goes directly and wholly towards paying for visiting artists, lecturers, practical workshops, a personal tutor, offsite projects, exhibitions, a programme co-ordinator and bookable spaces to make work. TOMA is transparent to participants showing where their money goes each month.
TOMA has exhibition partnerships in place with Paul Robinson solicitors and Beecroft Art Gallery. Students curate and show work at both spaces throughout the year long course.