Hippo Campus: Where We Learn

  • Image: Tony Ray-Jones, Eton, 1967. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © National Media Museum/Science and Society Picture Library
  • Image: Jeremy Deller, The History of the World, 1998. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist.
  • Image: Mariele Neudecker, Never Eat Shredded Wheat (Memory Maps), French, Male, 29, 1996. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist
  • Image: Andy Holden, Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (film still), 2011-2016. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © the artist
  • Image: An Arts Council National Partners Programme Exhibition

14 Feb — 06 Jun 2020

The Exchange

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition.

Hippo Campus: Where We Learn
A group exhibition featuring works from the Arts Council Collection that explores alternative schooling, peer-to-peer learning and self-education.

In recent years there has been increasing concern about the downgrading of arts subjects in primary, secondary and higher education. With the rise in fees, closure of courses and loss of studio space across UK art colleges, artists and their peers are increasingly initiating alternative models of education for themselves. Hippo Campus explores how we learn, where we learn, and who we learn from.

Featuring more than 20 artists, Hippo Campus includes photographic images of schools and colleges around the world as traditional places of learning, such as Birmingham students by Vanley Burke and top-hatted pupils at Eton by Tony Ray-Jones. Devices for learning, memory aids, and the fallibility of memory are illustrated by works by Emma Kay and Mariele NeudeckerMind maps and learning through popular culture are presented in works by Jeremy Deller and Andy Holden

The exhibition takes its title from Bedwyr Williams’ piece of the same name; Hippocampus being the part of the brain that enables memory and learning. Other artists presented from the Collection include Pavel Buchler, Tarik Chawdry, Joan Hassall, Nick Martin, Bob & Roberta Smith and Libuse Taylor.

Hippo Campus also includes work by other UK artists, including Marcus Coates Conference For the Birds, Beck & Cornford’s documentation of the closure of art schools, Benedict Drew’s alternative curriculum with Open School East, Ryan Gander’s video study of children’s hands-on learning and collaborative play, and Magda Stawarska-Beavan presents her son’s development of language in a bilingual family.

A film by Rachel Jones, specifically commissioned for Hippo Campus, celebrates the knowledge and skills held by independent shopkeepers in Penzance. Idle Women present Power Tools, a series of household DIY videos made by women, for women.

Throughout the exhibition there will be small forum areas, with books, tablets and pin boards, which expand on themes within the show, and invite contributions from visitors. The launch of Hippo Campus will be the start of a conversation with, and between, visitors to share their own knowledge and skills.

A programme of talks, workshops, social groups and alternative curriculums for all ages will run throughout the exhibition. See Read More below for details.

Hippo Campus: Where We Learn is curated by Blair Todd, Programme Curator at Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange.

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange is an Arts Council Collection National Partner. The Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre, London on behalf of Arts Council England.

Find out more about the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme


A programme of talks, workshops, social groups and alternative curriculums for all ages will run throughout the exhibition.

LUNCHTIME SCHOOL will be a social group that meets fortnightly to learn and try new things. Artists often learn specialist skills or acquire detailed knowledge during research for a new body of work. For each Lunchbreak School we will invite an artist to present a concise talk or demonstration on their newly acquired knowledge, followed by a communal, pay-what-you-want lunch, and a more informal open discussion or practical workshop for the group.
Open to all who are curious. Free with admission, including the new Spring Exhibition Pass.
Alternate Fridays, 12.30-14.30 from Fri 28 Feb.

BAD ART CLASS: throughout March there will be a weekly evening social group in the café, celebrating the joy of creating art, especially for those who have been told all their lives that they can’t paint or draw. Pay bar and group motto of “It's so bad, it's good!”
Thursdays in March 18.00 - 22.00

Free with admission, £3.30 for a week pass or £7.70 for Spring Exhibition Pass allowing you to visit and attend events as many times as you like at both venues from 14 Feb to 27 Jun.

DIY Make & Do and Art Workshops for young people and families will take place in school holidays.

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Venue: The Exchange
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Hippo Campus: Mind Map

14 Feb - 06 Jun 2020

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CANCELLED: Lunchtime School

28 Feb - 05 Jun 2020

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CANCELLED: Bad Art Class

05 Mar - 26 Mar 2020

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