Following on from an Arts Council England award in 2010, Marjolaine received
a new Arts Council Grant in 2012 for an artists' book.
The Artists' Monograph 'Growing up in
the New Age' is published by
Daylight Imprint and distributed by DAP,
Marjolaine Ryley ' Growing up in the New
Hardback, 8.25 x 10.25 in, 152 pages, 111 colour photographs
Essays by Malcolm Dickson, Brigitte Ryley, Peter Ryley, Val Williams.
Additional photographs by Dave Walking.
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Growing up in the New Age was shown as part of Glasgow
International at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, 2012, and at the Wolverhampton
Art Gallery, 2012.. The exhibition also included a range of images and
materials from the project archive, featuring the work of Dave Walkling.
exhibition guide and the publication from the exhibition can be found
at the below research website.
Research website: www.growingupinthenewage.org
“In a tumble down house in Kirkdale,
people work laugh play, weep and wail, it’s so full of fools you
might call it a school, but by no stretch could you call it a jail”
Poem by Clive Davidson a former Parent
Growing up in the New Age is a project exploring the ideology and belief
systems that led to the founding of Kirkdale School by a group of alternative
thinking parents in the 1960’s. The school is a place that I myself
attended from 1976 – 1987 and is one of several free schools in
the UK the most famous of which is Summerhill (founded by AS. Neill).
Kirkdale was unique in that rather than existing in a rural community,
it was based in inner London. My practice often uses autobiography as
a tool for investigating my subjects, and this is the starting point for
this project. As a child my experience of education was shared with only
a small number of children and I believe we experienced a unique ‘social
and ideological’ experiment in education. As a society we face increasing
difficulties in our state education system and it seems an apt time to
look at Kirkdale and the philosophy that made it such an interesting experiment.
I am currently working with photography,
film, archival materials, text and objects as well as creating an on-line
project to exploring this intriguing subject and its relevance in today’s
society. My current research has taken me on a journey through the fascinating
subject of alternative education and philosophies of the 1960’s,
1970’s and early 1980's including pacifism, anarchism, counter-culture,
left wing politics, women’s rights and ‘new age’ philosophy!
I am also working on the project with
both my parents who were actively involved with the school. Looking back
at the events in their lives that developed their philosophies and beliefs
is intriguing, I am exploring how they met in a commune in the south of
France and the early formulation of their own ideologies against the backdrop
of political and cultural happenings of the late 1960's and early 1970's.
Images copyright Tamsan Barratt and Dave Walkling