Diagonal Practices

Saturday 6th July, 2019
10:00am – 14:00pm

Room 122, Bonington Building, School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University


cut obliquely or diagonally across the grain
[a direction diagonal to the norms]

Key phrases to consider:

A biased view:
Diagonal Sites

Diagonal Practices

Diagonal Pedagogies


De:  bureaucratising

De: colonising

De: siting


Organised by Elle Reynolds with support from Nottingham Trent University, Summer Lodge, Diagonal Practices brings together a number of artists/writers/scholars to discuss the workings of the alternative art school and radical pedagogies.  This three hour long symposium will explore its theme in relation to a variety of subject areas, including alternative art school, institutional decolonisation, politics, sociology and philosophy. The title takes inspiration from Shirley Anne Tate’s lecture exploring (Un)conscious Bias, 2018.

Shirley Anne Tate, a diagonal approach to thinking/thinking diagonally


Lolly Adams

Adams (b.1989) is a London based multidisciplinary artist whose work channels psychological states to explore herself and others as emotional beings. The Bolster Playground is an ongoing installation that functions as a workshop, artwork, stage, visual stimuli for performance work and more.

Adams’s research is concerned with the mind-body experience and she has been forming alter egos that embody psychological concepts these include Miss HerNia (@misshernia) and The Hoarder.

Adams graduated from Byam Shaw School of Art (CSM) in 2011 and was part of the 2017-18 TOMA (The Other MA) cohort which is a postgraduate level art programme outside of the traditional institutional model. Adams is part of several collectives that have performed at the Barbican, the ICA, Flowers and the Saatchi gallery and she has independently exhibited or performed at the Cob Gallery, Artsadmin, Focal Point Gallery, VFD and Guest Projects.

@lollyadams / lollyadams.com \ info@lollyadams.com

Emma Edmondson

Emma Edmondson (b. 1984) lives and works in Southend on Sea. Studying and graduating during the 2008 financial crash and tuition fee rises, investigations into hierarchies, precarity, dystopian survival and utopian community are at the centre of her research and practice. She uses sculpture, print, sound, and text, exploring her interests directly via her work in art education.

In 2015 Edmondson founded TOMA (The Other MA), a postgraduate level art programme outside of the traditional institutional model. Designed to fit the everyday lives of 21st century artists, the programme is shaped by its participants, and was created in response to the hierarchies surrounding access to higher education. She also teaches art in community spaces, galleries, schools and universities on precarious contracts. Edmondson sees TOMA and her teaching work as part of her creative practice.

Jade Montserrat

Jade Montserrat is the recipient of the Stuart Hall Foundation Scholarship which supports her PhD (via MPhil) at IBAR, UCLan,  (Race and Representation in Northern Britain in the context of the Black Atlantic: A Creative Practice Project) and the development of her work from her black diasporic perspective in the North of England. She was also awarded one of two Jerwood Student Drawing Prizes in 2017 for No Need for Clothing, a documentary photograph of a drawing installation at Cooper Gallery DJCAD by Jacquetta Clark. Jade’s Rainbow Tribe project – a combination of historical and contemporary manifestations of Black Culture from the perspective of the Black Diaspora is central to the ways she is producing a body of work, including No Need For Clothing and its iterations, as well as her performance work Revue. Jade was commissioned to present Revue as a 24 hour live performance at SPILL Festival of Performance, October 2018, a solo exhibition at The Bluecoat, Liverpool, Nov – 10 Mar 2019 and was commissioned by Art on the Underground to create the 2018 Winter Night Tube cover. Recent selected screenings, performances and presentations include: SPACE studios (2018), ICA Philadelphia (2018), Arnolfini, and Spike Island, Bristol (2017), Alison Jacques Gallery (2017) and Princeton University (2016).

UK Parliament: Make it an offence to sell golliwogs

The Department of Love 

The Rural Assembly 

Sharon Walters

Sharon Walters is an artist, educator and coordinator of community programmes at Gunnersbury Park Museum. She graduated from Central St Martins in 2011 with a BA in Fine Art, holds a Post Graduate Teaching and Learning Certificate in post-16 citizenship education, and a BA in Social Science from Thames Valley University.

For the last year and a half Sharon has been working on a paper collage series entitled ‘Seeing Ourselves’, which has been exhibited four times in London during 2018. The work explores identity, beauty standards and natural Afro hair. Her limited-edition prints and bespoke collages have been acquired by collectors globally, and she has delivered collage workshops for clients including the National Trust.  She has a number of collaborations planned with artists and groups continuing both her art practice and community outreach work.

In her work Sharon explores diverse narratives through collaboration and providing platforms for under-represented groups’ voices to be heard. Sharon has over 20 years’ experience,  working with people of all ages in various formal and informal educational settings.


Panya Banjoko

Panya is a Freelance Poet and Educator; coordinates a black writers’ network, and is a patron for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and the founder of Nottingham Black Archive. Curently warded the Vice-Chancellor’s Bursary-funded PhD candidate, thesis title: ‘The Politics of Poetry in Nottingham and the Role of African-Caribbean Writers and Networks in the 1970s and 1980s’.  Panya’s debut poetry collection is Some Things (Burning Eye Books, 2018). Her work has been published in various anthologies, and she has performed widely, including the 2012 Olympic Games. 



Twitter: @PanyaThePoet

10.00-13.00 Lolly Adamson/TOMA Bolster Playground (ongoing)
10.00-10.15 Emma Edmondson/TOMA Readings from Mountain Piece / graphs on PowerPoint or showreel


Elle Reynolds End. Any questions?
with pop up mouthpieces
10.30-11.00 Emma Edmondson & Lolly Adamson/TOMA The Alternative
11.00-11.25 Jade Montserrat Addressing issues: Moving beyond tokenism an experience of Art School. Rainbow Tribe: Affectionate Movement R&R
11.25-11.50 Sharon Walters Addressing issues: Institutional structures, experiences post Art School.
11.50-12.40 Lolly Adamson Emma Edmondson, Jade Montserrat & Sharon Walters with Elle Reynolds convening. Working against the bias: beyond the boundaries, edges and borders of art school. Discussion of collective strategies we can implement in resistance to patricahy, structural racism and oppression?


12.40-13.00 Elle Reynolds Beginning. Welcome
13.00-14.00 all Long diagonal table lunch (with TOMA carrots)

Pop up mouthpieces


Collaborative washing up led by TOMA

TOMA Student assistants to clear tables, artist and participants to wash up.