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EBC returns for another term of Night School – artist led workshops, talks and one-to-ones for artists looking to develop their practice.

Welcome to the fifth term of ebc’s 6-week art school course – run by ebc with another six independent artists.

Each week begins with an artist’s talk, followed by a practical workshop that gives an insight into some of the ideas and processes that the artist explores in their work, or could introduce the group to other interests that influence the artist’s practice.

Previous workshops have included; collage, drawing onto 16 mm film, writing, mobile phone videos, 3D scanning, sound, drawing exercises, clay modelling, stamping, making ink, plaster casting, and green screen recordings.

Materials are normally provided by ebc. There may be occasions when participants will be asked to bring a laptop or smartphone; but this equipment can be provided if necessary. There will be time to look over the results of the workshops at the following week’s session.

Each class is a stand-alone session, so participants shouldn’t worry if they have to miss a week for other commitments.

Night School seeks to be an inclusive and welcoming environment.

“I didn’t know what to expect…my biggest worry was maybe that it would be a bit snooty or I wouldn’t be able to understand where the artists were coming from. But NO! It wasn’t like that… they were enjoyable accessible, and a great mix of genres and approaches… pleasantly informal – felt very welcoming but also completely planned and thought through”

– Night School term III participant

‘Every week I have come away with passion, interest, and excitement’ ‘…was always accessible, non jargon heavy, and unpretentious’

– Night School term IV participant

Where is it?

Night School is hosted by Arnolfini, Bristol

Who is it for?

The course is open to anyone interested in contemporary art, or wishing to learn about how artists make work and use materials. You do not have to have undertaken previous terms of night school to take part in this term.

The night school might have particular relevance for the following: artists who have been practicing for some time and are looking for new ideas, artists new to the south west and looking to meet other artists, foundation stage students looking to prepare additional work for university portfolios, sixth-form or FE students looking to apply to higher education art courses (undergraduate or foundation stage). Night school facilitators can also provide advice with interview/portfolio preparation and technique.

What is Night School Plus? practice & development

Night school plus (NS PLUS) is for students that wish to have more 1-2-1 input on their own practice. A smaller group will meet in the 40 minutes before the main night school and the visiting artist will talk about an area of professional development, for instance documenting work, applying for funding, designing a website, planning exhibitions etc. There will then be a number of 1-2-1 sessions available with the artist and with Jack who is co-director of ebc to either discuss further the professional development topic or the student’s practice as a whole.


Early bird prices are available until the 12 OCT 2019 23.59

Early Bird Price: £70
Early bird Concessions: £60 (inc. students, unemployed, asylum seekers & existing ebc members)
Early bird price inc. NS PLUS: £90
Early bird Concessions inc. NS PLUS £80

Full Price after 12 OCT 2019 23.59

Full price: £75
Concessions: £65 (inc. students, unemployed, asylum seekers & existing ebc members)
Full price inc. NS PLUS: £95
Concessions inc. NS PLUS £85

*all prices include 1 x annual ebc membership worth £12

When is it?

The Night School will run on Wednesday evenings between 1840-2025

Night School PLUS will run between 1800-1840

6 November 2019
13 November 2019
20 November 2019
27 November 2019
4 December 2019
11 December 2019

How do I sign up?

Email with the subject heading ‘ebc night school V’.

EBC will give you further details on the course including how to make a one time payment for the night school via paypal or bank transfer.

Image Description: The image at the top of the page is of sixteen people standing on a staircase at Arnolfini. They are all looking towards the camera and smiling, there is a yellow filter over the top of the image.