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Southwark Education Research Project:
1989-1992

Collection Metadata

Title

Southwark Education Research Project:
1989-1992

Subject

Adaption to Change: A New Approach to Understanding in Education

Description

This Collection shows the archive of O+I's original project to find a New Approach to Understanding in Education. You can browse all the archives to discover the process of the project and the data collected by SERP for their feasibility study.
History of the Southwark Educational Research Project (SERP)

O+I initiated the Southwark Educational Research Project, SERP, in negotiation with the Inner London Education Authority [ILEA] and London Borough of Southwark during the latter months of 1989. The project coincided with a seminal change in education as responsibility for education was being being passed from ILEA to the new LEAs [Local Education Authorities] and as the new National Curriculum was introduced. The project was approved  at a first meeting of the new education inspectors of the Inner London Boroughs in County Hall on 15 March 1990. 

Piloted in Southwark as a typical microcosm of contemporary British society, O+I was asked to address 'Change' during the educational restructuring from the perspective and function of the role of contemporary art in education, its relevance to motivation and learning. 

The objectives of SERP are outlined in their proposal document were compatible with the educational aims of the London Borough of Southwark which identfied a need for 'Education for All'. 

The O+I artists team consisted of Rita Keegan, John Latham, Carlyle Reedy and Barbara Steveni. They spent 18 months working in co-operation with the Inspectorate, Southwark Education Department, ILEA, Heads, teachers and pupils in a cross-section of Southwark's schools.

SERP's work resulted in a feasibility study, containing data for future application of their work - both in Southwark and for educations' relationship with the arts generally. The project was presented as an installation on 13 November 1991 at Southwark Town Hall.

SERP introduced, what they termed, a new function arising from a recognition of a fundamental change in 20th century thought. This affected language and art as media and consequently on change in education. O+I initiated the approach 'Recycle and Discuss') a process of making and questioning) as a prototype adaptable to educational administrative policy, across most age groups and subjects in the classroom. The procedure made individual images followed by specialised questioning to develop understanding and meaning of life. This approach focussed on the act and value of creation rather than the product.

SERP's data includes video interviews with ILEA's leader, Neil Fletcher and other ILEA Officers in the last day of County Hall, photographs, records of meetings, correspondence with Southwark Education Officers and politicians, Heads and teachers of the schools involved and related papers - a selection of which have been digitised for SERP REACTIVATION. They exist as a resource for future development.

O+I only received a third of the budget they were promised at the start of the project and funding mainly came from ILEA. Southwark Council provided a base at Collingwood Centre.

Funding was not found to continue the project at that time, SERP wrote 'Practicalities of interacting with two authorities, one in dissolution, the other defining new perameters, appointing staff, setting budgets in the context of poll tax capping and other crash programmes, have affected the project in three main areas: funding, timing and access to media resources.'

The reactivation of SERP'S potential through the archive provides a rich source for developing the issues piloted by SERP around creativity and art within education, in a similar context of widespread change.

Source

O+I Archive, Barbara Steveni
  • Collection: Southwark Education Research Project:
    1989-1992

SERPA4_1_1p1.jpeg

[Barbara Steveni] 1989-1990
SERPC2_16.jpeg

[Barbara Steveni] c.1990
SERPC3_4.jpeg

[Barbara Steveni] 22 June 1990
SERPJ_5p1.jpeg

[Barbara Steveni] c.1991
SERPC2_15p1.jpeg

[Barbara Steveni]/Michael Houghman c.1990
SERPC_1_4p1.jpeg

[Carlyle Reedy] c.1991
SERPC3_7.jpeg

[Carlyle Reedy] c.1990
SERPD1_1.jpeg

[O+I] c.1990
SERPA1_1p1.jpeg

Adrian Chappell/Stuart Hall 13 October 1988
SERPA1_5.jpeg

Barbara Steveni 9 December 1988
SERPA1_7p1.jpeg

Barbara Steveni 20 November 1986
SERPA1_8p1.jpeg

Barbara Steveni 13 May 1988
SERPA1_21p1.jpeg

Barbara Steveni
SERPA1_23p1.jpeg

Barbara Steveni 27 June 1988
SERPA4_3_3p1.jpeg

Barbara Steveni 27 July 1990
SERPA4_3_6.jpeg

Barbara Steveni 26 July 1991
SERPA4_3_13.jpeg

Barbara Steveni 20 January 1992
SERPA4_3_14.jpeg

Barbara Steveni 2 September 1991
SERPA4_3_15.jpeg

Barbara Steveni 13 January 1991
SERPC_1_1.jpeg

Barbara Steveni September 1990
SERPC_1_3p1.jpeg

Barbara Steveni c.1991
SERPC_1_5.jpeg

Barbara Steveni c.1990
SERPC_1_9.jpeg

Barbara Steveni 20 January 1992
SERPC2_6p1.jpeg

Barbara Steveni 16 July 1990
SERPC3_1.jpeg

Barbara Steveni 26 March 1990
SERPC3_2.jpeg

Barbara Steveni 21 June 1990
SERPD2_3.jpeg

Barbara Steveni 20 October 1991
SERPJ_3p1.jpeg

Barbara Steveni c.1991
SERPJ_4.jpeg

Barbara Steveni 10 December 1990
SERPA41_12001.jpg

Barbara Steveni 26 October 1989
SERPA41_20001.jpg

Barbara Steveni 24 October 1989
SERPA4_3_4p1.jpeg

Barbara Steveni, Russell Profitt July - October 1990
SERPA4_2_3p1.jpeg

Barbara Steveni/GLA 1989
SERPA41_15001.jpg

Brian Coxall 11 December 1989
SERPA4_3_8p15.jpeg

Carlyle Reedy 11 July 1991
SERPA41_19001.jpg

Carlyle Reedy 29 September 1989
SERPC3_9.jpeg

Charlie Hooker November 1989
SERPA4_3_10p1.jpeg

Deborah Brisley 29 March 1990
SERP 4.jpeg

John Latham c.1989
SERP 6.jpeg

John Latham c.1989
SERPC3_6p1.jpeg

John Latham c.1990
SERPD2_6.jpeg

John Latham c.1991
SERPA41_10001.jpg

London Borough of Southwark May 1990
SERPC2_13p1.jpeg

Malcolm Macdonald/Barbara Steveni July 1990
SERPA4_3_2.jpeg

Michael Hussey 12 June 1990
SERP 7.jpeg

O+I c.1996
SERP 8.jpeg

O+I c.1996
SERPC4_2p1.jpeg

O+I c.1991
SERPD2_7p1.jpeg

O+I November 1991
SERPJ_2p1.jpeg

O+I December 1991
SERPD2_8p1.jpeg

O+I November 1991
SERPE_5_28.jpeg

O+I c.1990
SERPC3_10.jpeg

Rita Keegan October 1989
SERP 1.jpeg

Rita Keegan [?] 1991
SERPA4_3_7.jpeg

Russell Profitt 16 August 1991
SERPC4_4p1.jpeg

Southwark Council 6 November 1991
SERPF1.jpeg

Southwark Sparrow 8 November 1991
SERPA4_3_9p1.jpeg

Susan Farnfield 31 July 1990
SERPA1_9p1.jpeg

July 1988
SERPA1_13.jpeg

12 February 1988
SERPA2_3p1.jpeg

9 October 1989
SERPC_1_6.jpeg

12 December 1990
SERPC3_5p1.jpeg

9 July 1990
SERPD2_1p1.jpeg

c.1990