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"The course is fantastic. It’s been wonderful to meet everyone involved and, in many ways, feels like a shared commitment that will last our lifetimes."      Alex (2022-23 scholar)

“I’ve been wondering all morning how best to express the pleasure I took in yesterday’s visit to NSotA. It was for me a delight but a serious delight beyond the simply social. The group had such maturity and depth of engagement, as well as freshness and agility. I’d be sorry not to have more to do with the great enterprise, whenever appropriate. And the October Gallery, with its charming management, is such a lovely place to be.”      Robin Kirkpatrick (seminar leader)

"Just a quick note of appreciation for the wide-ranging, provocative, inspirational seminars. You are opening for all of us -- every Friday -- new connections, thoughts, possibilities.  They've become so much part of all our lives for this past year! Such a labour of love, the benefits of which none of us can even yet foresee the end. NS is a treasure! We are all so grateful to be part of it and to have made the connections I have."      Derede (2022-23 scholar)

“A fizzingly interesting and generous space summoned into being in the October Gallery. My sincere thanks to all of those who took part in the convivium. It was a genuine pleasure to think with them, and I was brought to see round some unnoticed corners, and to recognise light falling on unexpected aspects of the terrain.”      Robert Macfarlane (seminar leader)

 "I thoroughly enjoyed Robert Macfarlane's seminar on Friday. It made me feel very grateful to be a part of the New School, and I want to thank you for creating such an open and exciting space, and for inviting me in."      Isla (2022-23 scholar)

"So many beautiful ideas gifted to the world [from] the sanctuary which is NSotA."      Max (2022-23 scholar)  

“A most stimulating time and very refreshing company – I felt very encouraged by the questions and contributions and it has made me more resolved to work on the book.  The students are all so engaged and interesting, it made the session quite exhilarating for me.”      Marina Warner (seminar leader)

"The nuance within/ordering of the seminar programme so far has been excellent. I am a practicing Artist and the programme has invigorated my thinking around ongoing artistic concerns as well as introduced me to new dynamics and problematics around how to position myself and my work in the current moment.  The [supervisions] have been fantastic. My project outline was clearly understood and the discussions are productive and supportive with a generous awareness of my sensitivities around working rhythms and reception of new information. I feel highly supported and encouraged by these interactions. [. . .] V exciting. Wow! I continue to be agitated, activated, recalibrated by this programme. I haven't felt this creative in many years!"      Joseph (2022-23 scholar)

“I enjoyed the whole seminar. Such stimulating and thrilling questions from such an engaged group (exactly as described) about such a wide range of topics. Very happy to do it again next year. I did instantly feel that Gessie and others at the October Gallery were kindred spirits.”      Terry Macalister (seminar leader)

"Still really enjoying. It is stimulating, entertaining, thought provoking and challenging. The second half really found it's rhythm I feel. Some great seminars. What will we do when it’s over????"      Venetia (2022-23 scholar)

"The whole day was an absolute pleasure - lovely participants at the lecture, lovely audience in the evening [concert performance], and a thoroughly happy and positive feel to the whole day."     John Kenny (seminar leader & concert performer)

"Love it; it’s an interesting mix of seminars and speakers. I feel that it’s opening my perspective and fueling creativity. As always with these seminars it’s fantastic and appreciated to be in conversation with people so involved and passionate about their subjects."      Simon (2022-23 scholar)

"It was a real pleasure to be with the scholars and planetarians. I was delighted to see how engaged, open-minded, curious, philosophically and sonically experimental the participants were and I'm glad we could co-create the space together and un-learn some things about institutional structures together and go on a more exploratory journey through listening, sound, and performance. All round a fantastic experience.      Sophie Seita (seminar leader)

"Really enjoying it, so enriching."      Emma (2022-23 scholar)

"I have enjoyed the program so far. I am learning something new outside my comfort zone and enabling me to see a different perspective. I am loving the different perspectives, the body of knowledge and the resources this program is exposing me to. There are not enough hours a day or week or month to go through them all. I jot the resources down with the view to reading them when I get a chance/time. I am impressed with scholars - lucky to be part of the program. I greatly value our secondary seminars (I attend Sunday ones) and Whatsapp group - feeling connected to the wider team and learning from them."      Gulru (2022-23 scholar)

"The discussion that followed was one of the richest and most formative for me that I have had. I derived great nourishment from it. You certainly know how to not only attract beautiful people, but also create contexts where their beauty can come out.

It is more than understandable that people do not want to end the experience after only one year!      Clelia Bartoli (seminar leader)

"My contribution [at last Friday's seminar] bolted out of me, from somewhere in the depths of exactly what this project and New School experience is bringing back to me. I truly think it is vital to keep creating new pathways, as [NSotA] is doing, without it being in any way a rejection of any other path. It seems to me the process is a development - out of the old - and towards - a different stage of being and remaining human. When I graduated from the RSAMD (now RCS) I spent a great deal of my creative life passionately going to rural corners and wild suburban deserts of deprivation teaching harum-scarum drama projects with primary age children. Time and again the class and the teachers would be astounded by the ability of the - usually - most disruptive pupils - when they proved to be capable - but much more than that - totally focussed and attentive - in a different dimension! I would not be able to undertake those projects now, regardless of funding, or zany dedication, because the bureaucracy and paperwork to access each individual school, each day, would be more than the time involved in the active project The school system prohibits a huge amount of intelligence from being channelled and creates hopelessness and delinquency in the disenfranchised beings - some who have difficulty perhaps writing or doing maths, but can provide solutions in complex - and practical - living situations, but also in those individuals who are capable at all levels but have to keep the class balance. I do not feel the fault is with the teachers - or even the system, so much as the history our schooling system is based upon.  I think it would be useful to make my 'write up' project about my journey exploring the history of 'education.'"       Ruth (2022-23 scholar)

"[The seminar] was a pleasure. You’ve got quite the switched on cohort on the course! I wish I saw such criticality in the courses I’m teaching, but the bureaucratisation is indeed intense."      Peter Sutoris (seminar leader) 

"The New School of the Anthropocene looks deeply fascinating - I've been poring over the course topics. Huge amounts to think about. I've been thinking about where my students go after sixth form. When I was teacher training, I remember reading a clear-sighted description of curriculum design as having its eyes 10 years into the future, minimum. I've seen so little evidence of that. Even the justification of university as in line with 'workforce alignment and supply' feels like a cop out to me: who is seriously giving us a sense of what the workforce will look like even in 10 years' time? So much of secondary education is myopic--focused around something like day-to-day caring human interaction (a good thing), a vague sense that some things will last in the memory of schooling beyond exam results (a good thing that is frustratingly undertheorised ((I think))), and a dogged insistence that exams are the only possible justification for the relationships we (teachers and students) are cultivating. It's really uplifting to read about a properly radical, future-minded approach to education. A jolting sense of possibility."       Joseph (secondary school teacher)

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