25th June 2022: 12 Hour Sit-in Revel

A 12-hour gathering of open-air conversations, dance, music, performance, readings, screenings, workshops, and food at Dundee Botanic Garden

In-Person at Dundee Botanic Garden

Re-imagining art education and unsettling systems of knowledge, The Ignorant Art School in the shade of trees in summertime will cultivate alternative futures, determined not by what we know, but by how we learn, unlearn, create and share knowledge together. In the words of the visionary Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, the 12 Hour Sit-in Revel will activate a landscape “where the mind is without fear, the head is held high and where knowledge is free.”

Inhabiting Dundee’s Botanic Garden and timed by Ruth Ewan’s revolutionary decimal clock, the revel will host a convivial convergence for visions and praxes of radical, ethical and accessible pedagogies that question what art education is and who it serves. Addressing knowledge as a collaborative, collective and social experience, the revel will manifest the actual plurality of lived perspectives that constitute our world.

Radical in intent and collaborative by nature, the 12 Hour Sit-in Revel will bring together a coalition of artists, activists, culture workers, educators, musicians, performers, students, thinkers, writers, and various communities in Scotland and from around the world to sing and dance, to observe and reflect, to listen and watch, to converse, question, and so constitute a ‘field of possibility’ (bell hooks).

Celebrating equality of access with a generous solidarity, the 12 Hour Sit-in Revel asserts the potential of transforming knowledge from a capitalist commodity to an emancipatory power available to all.


Book on EventBrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/12-hour-sit-in-revel-tickets-338179472907


10.30am registration at Dundee Botanic Garden

11am start

11pm end

*Full schedule to follow*



During the event refreshments will be provided as well as a lunch and evening meal. Food will be vegan/vegetarian.

* Please inform us on any allergies by emailing [email protected]



A small access fund is available to support travel and access costs for attending the event. The funds are distributed on a first come first served basis. Please be aware we may need to close the fund early if demand is high, so please get in touch prior to the 25 June.


Fund for Travel

To access funds for travel please email [email protected] and let us know where you are travelling from. We will book trains in advance for attendees and ticket collection references will be sent to you by email.

Please be in touch if you have other access needs including BSL interpretation, costs for Childcare, Carers & Support Workers and other needs. This fund has been made possible by support from SCAN.



Large print versions of the event information will be available, please ask our Guides. If you require alternative formats for material please email in advance.


Venue Info

The event is held at University of Dundee Botanic Garden. The event will take under the cover of a marquee and partly outdoors. During the event there attendees will be asked to travel short distances between locations within the Botanic Garden.


Funding support

The Ignorant Art School Sit-in Revel is programmed by Cooper Gallery, DJCAD and held in partnership with University of Dundee Botanic Garden. It is supported by funding from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, the British Council, the Goethe-Institut Glasgow and the Scottish Contemporary Art Network.