SOS_20
4 Week Programme
SOS_20 was a month long designer and artist development programme, seeking to define new Critical Design methodologies. Hosted by the Koppel Project, the Design Museum and Blackhorse Workshop 12 participants created group and individual projects exhibited by Gallery Tetem in a digital exhibition in collaboration with The Rodina.
SOS_19
2 Week Programme
SOS_19 was a 2 week designer and artist development programme aimed at introducing young designers to critical design methods and tools. The course was hosted by the Design Museum, the South London Gallery and the Anise Gallery with participant exhibitions at both the Design Museum and the South London Gallery.
About Us
What is SOS?
About Us
School SOS is a Nomadic Not-For-Profit Critical Design School that seeks to challange modes of delivering Higher Education in the UK.
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We aim to accelerate the inclusion of marginalised groups in design through free education. Our courses aim to provide designers and artists with the tools to mobilise against the entrenched power structures of the present, whilst developing a new sustainable model for the delivery of free Higher Education in the UK.
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Through partnerships between museums, galleries, libraries and other public institutions, SOS aims to build relationships between the diverse latent pedagogy in our cities to create a different kind of educational offer. We have previously partnered with the Design Museum, the South London Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the V&A and many more.
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Our flagship course SOS_XX doubles in duration each year aiming to provide a small number of students with free Higher Education level teaching. This year SOS_21 will run for 12 weeks at Bold Tendencies, the Koppel Project, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the South London Gallery and in partnership with the Design Museum and the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow.
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Starting with SOS_19, SOS_XX doubles in duration each year aiming to provide a small number of students with free Higher Education level teaching. This year SOS_21 will run for 12 weeks at Bold Tendencies, the Koppel Project, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the South London Gallery and in partnership with the Design Museum and the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. We hope to provide a 6 month course in 2022 and a year long programme in 2023.
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SOS_20 participants staging a climate performance with Rosie Strickland (GREENPEACE UK).
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Universities today gravitate toward market-driven education, not only through the education-as-product model, but in their delivery of market-ready students. SOS is an alternative model of education afforded by its own institutional framework outside of the traditional university. 
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SOS is workshops, speakers’ events, summer schools, development programmes, writings, lectures, discussion, making and drawing, investigation, research and interrogating power through critical design. Today’s market-driven courses lean toward an increasingly uncritical, apolitical and affirmative approach to Art and Design. SOS disputes this approach.
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SOS is an alignment of aims and objectives toward challenging today’s ways of doing things. We’ve found that the independence of the school environment from society is invaluable but is in crisis. How can we prevent the crucial role of critique, nurtured for so long by the Arts, from disappearing in our schools?
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In reaction against the consumerisation of higher education, SOS has developed a different understanding of school. We instead think of the school as a network or nexus for thought, training and research to coalesse. It is a connection between spaces and cultural institutions, students, practitioners and critical thinkers through discussion, making and deployable works. 
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SOS is workshops, speakers’ events, summer schools, development programmes, writings, lectures, discussion, making and drawing, investigation, research and interrogating power through critical design. Today’s market-driven courses lean toward an increasingly uncritical, apolitical and affirmative approach to Art and Design. SOS disputes this approach.
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SOS is an alignment of aims and objectives toward challenging today’s ways of doing things. We’ve found that the independence of the school environment from society is invaluable but is in crisis. How can we prevent the crucial role of critique, nurtured for so long by the Arts, from disappearing in our schools?
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Cel (2019), Ed Fornieles (SOS_19 Guest Lecturer)
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