The Other MA (TOMA) alternative art education - Open call for artists

Essex’s first alternative art MA, TOMA, launched last September with ten artists on the course. After a successful first six months the new alternative post-graduate education programme TOMA (The Other MA) has launched an open call in a bid to find its second cohort of artists. Based at Metal Art School in Chalkwell Park, the experimental course is the first of its kind to run in Essex and is a year-long programme that is shaped and directed by the participating TOMA artists.

The programme is open now for applications from artists who already have at least five years strong practice and are interested in accessing alternative ways of learning.

Deadline for applications: Friday 28 April 2017

TOMA is a space for artists to work and develop their practice within a critical framework pitched at postgraduate level. It is unaccredited in the traditional sense, but provides a programme of learning that benefits the practice of artists in the same way.  Designed to fit the everyday lives of contemporary working artists it is responsive to its participants and works as an artist-led co-operative. Fluid and open in its evolution, participants directly steer the study programme, selecting and inviting those who come to teach on it and the topics explored. Visiting artists from TOMA’s first year have so far included; Ackroyd & Harvey, Bruce McLean, Florence Peake, Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Michael Pawlyn and Richard Wentworth. The TOMA artists are also expecting visits from; Becky Beasley, Cornelia Parker, Griselda Pollock, Peter Watkins and Susan Stockwell over the remaining first year of the programme.

TOMA artists also choose their own tutors for the year, take part in self-selected practical workshops, stage exhibitions and public facing events, have regular crits and work collaboratively throughout their year on the programme. TOMA artists also have the potential opportunity to get involved in the many projects Metal run and use their spaces to research and make work.

Key dates and information about TOMA 2017 / 2018

Course runs: September 2017 to September 2018
Drop in day for interested artists: Thursday 16 March, 1 – 8pm at Metal Art School, Chalkwell Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 8NB
Interview dates: 9-11 May 2017
Application fee: None
Course cost: Per year £900 / per month: £75 (please note: all fees go directly towards funding tutors and other direct course costs and these figures are transparent to TOMA artists)

For more details and information on how to apply – please visit