TOMA is a 12-month alternative art education model, set up by practicing artists and based at Metal Art School in Southend-on-Sea, UK. Designed to fit the everyday lives of 21st century working artists TOMA is a space to develop artistic practice within a critical framework for postgraduate level.
TOMA wants to encourage independent thought alongside close knit community spirit. TOMA artists experience this through self-directed and collaborative study with artists meeting at least three times a month to take part in a variety of activities; lectures, group crits, seminars, tutorials, peer marking and practical workshops.
A socially engaged model, which works as an artist led co-operative, TOMA is responsive to its artists. Fluid and open in its evolution, TOMA is an independent space where there is freedom to choose, learn and grow alongside a community of peer-artists. Participants directly steer the study programme, choosing those who come to teach on it and the themes explored.
In 2016 TOMA recruited 10 practicing artists to join the first year of this alternative art course in Essex. We have now recruited these artists and they started on the programme in September 2016; Michaela Bannon, Richard Baxter, Matthew Curtis-Knight, Emma Edmondson, Laurence Harding, Emma Mills, Tricia North, Ian Ryan, Anna B. Sexton and Imogen Welch.
For Leigh Art Trail the ten TOMA artists will take over Strand Wharf with various interventions, interactions, workshops and performances for one day only on June 17th.