art as labour in nikola-lenivets

Our Winter School explores the poetics of winter: what does winter do to public art and architecture in Russia and how can we turn it to our advantage? Over 4 days of seminars and skiing we will explore this proposal with leading curators in public art, artist Nikolay Polissky,Russian and international architects,such as Alex Scott-Whitby and the curator of our programme, Robert Mull, Head of Architecture at the University of Brighton and The Global Practice Unit.


We will explore the role winter plays in public art and architecture in the park and in Russia, and how we can develop this in an sustainable way. How can art generate and support communities? How can we build a sustainably future for the rural landscape, in Russia and beyond?


Over the course of the school renowned artists and architects run seminars, including Nikolay Polissky, the founder of the Nikola-Lenivets park, who revived the local rural community through art, as well as tutors from the UEL, London, Brighton University, MARCH (Russia), and curators in the field of public art*.­

During 4 full days of seminars we will explore the park on skis, draw 1:1 and hold discussions with local and invited experts.

The school is curated by Xenia Adjoubei, Director of AdjoubeiScottWhitby Studio, Head of International Projects at MARCH and Professor Robert Mull, Founder of the Global Practice Unit, Head of Architecture at the University of Brighton and co-founder of MARCH.

Invited tutors of previous schools include Thomas Randall-Page, designer, at the AA and Oxford Brookes, Kate GoodwinHead of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts, artist and architect Alexander Brodsky, Dasha ParamonovaCEO of Strelka Architects, Niall Hobhouseart collector, curator and public figure, Julia BychkovaDirector of Archstoryanie Festival, Robert Sollis, Director of Europa, as well as experts in timber construction and forestry.

The 2017 summer school established a permanent centre for education and experimentation in Nikola-Lenivets, by building a beautiful summer classroom using inventive techniques and local materials.


We look forward to hosting a cast of equally inspiring guest tutors in 2018 who will help you push your knowledge, ideas and skills to new heights.

Nikola-Lenivets is the largest art park in Europe, with 30 artworks spread across hundreds of hectares of beautiful landscape, rich in history and natural resources, which you are invited to explore and use for learning and testing ideas.

This school is a unique opportunity to create and built work with your own hands, surrounded by the inspiring and generous environment of Nikola-Lenivets and led by innovators and teachers in the arts, architecture, landscape and design.

The results of the school will be showcased at a public discussion and one-day symposium in Moscow. Full details to follow.

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The school is open to anyone studying or working in the fields of architecture, crafts and construction, design and the arts. If you are keen to work on a real-life project and improve your creative thinking and skills.

Working language: English. 

1 WEEK WINTER SCHOOL: 26 - 30 January 2018 (4 days/ 5 nights)

COST: 14 000 RU / €200 ALL INCLUSIVE


2 WEEK SUMMER SCHOOL: 20 - 31 August 2018

COST: 60 000 RU / € 870 all inclusive 

We have a limited number of bursaries available, please include a portfolio with your application for bursary consideration.

Transfers, accommodation, meals, materials, talks, tours are included in the course fee. Participants will stay at Kazarma hostel.

Russian visas: we will provide organisational support for international participants.

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ART AS LABOUR School Tutors

Robert Mull, Curator

An architect, educator, urbanist and activist, Prof Robert Mull is Head of Architecture and Design at the University of Brighton and visiting professor at Umeå University where he is developing the Global Free Unit with a number of international partners. Robert was until 2016, Director of Architecture and Dean of the Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design in London. He has taught widely in the UK and internationally and held visiting professorships in Vienna and Innsbruck.

In 2013 he co-founded a new school of architecture in Moscow. He was a founding member of the architecture collective NATO and has worked on urban projects in areas of social deprivation and political change in many contexts including India, China, Cuba, Korea, the US and Russia.

Recently Robert was curator of the “Turncoats” series and the “Papers” festival at the Barbican and two shows developed with Publica on the Calais Jungle at London’s Southbank, as part of the 2016 'Festival of Love'.


Thomas Randall–Page, tutor

Thomas Co-founded Building Works Unit in 2011 Thomas still teaches with this group running workshops alongside his freelance practice. Thomas ran the acclaimed RTU International Summer School for many years, building award wining projects in Latvia.

Thomas has worked at 6A Architects and Heatherwick Studio, taught at University of East London, London Metropolitan University and is currently co-leading a design unit at Oxford Brookes University as well as being a guest tutor at the Architectural Association in London.


Xenia Adjoubei, tutor

Xenia is an educator and architect, combining life in Nikola-Lenivets Art Park and practice in London at Adjoubei Scott-Whitby Studio.

She previously worked at several UK practices including Metropolitan Workshop, Jonathan Woolf and Gareth Hoskins before setting up a practice in 2010 in Peckham, where she collaborated closely with the acclaimed Arcadia Missa Gallery.

After completing commercial and residential projects in the UK and building a children's centre in Cambodia, she moved to Russia to co-found the Moscow Architecture School (MARCH). She has been living and practicing between Moscow and London since 2012 and teaches at MARCH.

Xenia is responsible for the Nikola-Lenivets classroom as part of the Global Practice Unit.


Art as Labour : Winter & Summer School in Nikola-Lenivets

26 - 30 January 2018
winter school

20 - 31 August 2018
summer school