the anti degree show : Open Meeting

13 June 2020


Venue: Conway Hall [online location]

Organiser: EdC Pause or Pay UK

Pause or Pay UK Presents:

the anti degree show

July/August 2020

An Open Meeting to discuss an Alternative Platform for 2020 Art and Design graduates who have been disaffected by their Higher Education Institutions.

Saturday 13th June 2020 - 4 - 6 pm

Zoom link:

Password: 201906

Pause or Pay was established to unite studio-based courses and to highlight to our creative HEIs and the UK Governments that the mitigations for our concerns due to COVID-19 (and other issues since the start of the year) are not yet enough.

We have built a transnational cross-university campaign, written an inclusive manifesto, been endorsed by the NUS and many student unions, and have sent an open letter to the universities minister.

Though brought together by a common goal, we have realised, through this activism, that the campaign feels like the beginning of a general support network, even if our demands are eventually not met.

We believe it is pressing to build an alternative platform for creative graduates to share their skills, thoughts and work outside their institutions. We want to build an open-source platform that will:

  • Bolster mood, provide an optimistic, thought-provoking and practical programme for arts graduates during the inevitable anticlimax of online degree shows.

  • Create a forum of opportunity, a place to gather and a movement to rally around at the point where usually everyone disperses.

  • Provide a springboard to counter the feeling of standing at a precipice.

We invite every art and design school to help develop the anti degree show. We are in the early stages of the planning process and need all your input! We need artists, coders, designers, philosophers and a diverse range of students to make this platform a success. So come along to the open meeting!