TOMA // Working with the edges

Episode #2 \\ Working with the edges // Women who collaborate \\

June 12, 2019

Episode 2 : Working with the edges : Women who collaborate

Working with the edges is a podcast developed as part of TOMA*. Equally excited + worried by the conversations taking place with visitors to the programme about the future of education, specifically art education, TOMAfounder + artist Emma Edmondson and Arcade + Campfa director Clare Charles host a series of conversations, essays + sound art shorts. We aim to learn more about practitioners’ creative education journeys, the art world, criticism and ask what makes a contemporary artist?

In episode two, wo(men) who collaborate, we talk to Sophie Chapman + Kerri Jefferis about support structures, institutional critique, artists as teachers + how their experiences in art education helped them forge DIY spaces after graduation + form a collaborative practice. This interview was recorded in Spring 2018. Kerri + Sophie also recommend music, artwork + books + have given us a track from their band Molejoy’s EP. We talk to Ruth Hazel + Ruth Jones about their collaborative studio + practices + taking up space as a woman, class, dyslexia + explore their studio + the objects within it. 

There is also another part of our series of train chats with writer critic Rose Cleary, artist Paige Ockenden + Emma Edmondson, some 5 minute sound works from TOMA artists reading out content from a automatic writing workshop from Lolly Adams which formed a manifesto. The podcast was conceived as part of TOMA’s development and is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.


5 minutes with - - - Train chat with Rose Cleary, Paige Ockenden + Emma Edmondson

5 minutes with - - - TOMA MANIFESTO-IN-THE-MAKING read by Richard Baxter

Interview with - - - Kerri Jefferis + Sophie Chapman (recorded Spring 2018). Book referenced Teaching for People who Prefer Not To Teach and The Little Red Schoolbook their Extraction October list

5 minutes with - - - TOMA MANIFESTO-IN-THE-MAKING read by Emma Mills

5 minutes with - - - Molejoy with track radicalise from their I HATE IT BUT IT'S FREE EP

inthestudio AKA a room of one’s own with - - - Ruth Hazel + Ruth Jones 

5 minutes with - - - TOMA MANIFESTO-IN-THE-MAKING read by Tricia North

5 minutes with - - - TOMA MANIFESTO-IN-THE-MAKING read by Lolly Adams

All music and jingles from - - - Milky G - - - listen to more of his stuff HERE

Podcast imagery by - - - Emma Mills


*The Other MA (TOMA) is a 12-month artist-run education model based in Southend-on-Sea. TOMA is currently the only postgraduate level art programme in Essex after all others were stopped by their host Universities. It was set up in 2015 by artist Emma Edmondson, in partnership with Metal, to offer affordable, accessible contemporary art education outside of the traditional institution.