Bigakko: Anti-Academy – Talk by Alice Maude-Roxby

The alternative art school Bigakko was established in 1969 in the Jimbocho district of Tokyo by the publishers Gendaishicho-sha. Involving some of the most radical artists of the time and developed in opposition to the mainstream academy system, students at Bigakko experienced unorthodox teaching and workshops by Genpei Akasegawa, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Hiroshi Nakamura and Mokuma Kikuhata, and the programme involved diverse approaches, ranging from vociferous political conferences to quiet meditation.

In this talk, Alice Maude-Roxby, Head of Photography at Falmouth University, will provide an overview of the activities of Bigakko students and artists, and its impact and influence upon the contemporary visual art world. Reflecting on the recent exhibition Anti-Academy at the John Hansard Gallery for which Maude-Roxby was the curator, she will analyse the activities of Bigakko within the context of the comparative unorthodox art education models in Iowa, USA and Copenhagen, Denmark while raising questions in consideration of contemporary development of fine art education in UK.


This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please email your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to

Image: Students in the class of Nakanishi Natsuyuki, Bigakko, Tokyo, 1970. Photograph by Morinago Jun.

Duration 05 December 2014 - 05 December 2014
Times from 6.30pm
Cost Free (booking essential -
Venue The Japan Foundation, London
Address Russell Square House London WC1B 5EH, ,
Contact 020 7436 6695 / /

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