TOMA is a student led alternative fine art postgraduate programme in Southend-on-Sea based at Metal Art School. The experimental course is the first of its kind to run in Essex and is a year-long programme that is shaped and directed by the participating TOMA artists.
TOMA is a space for artists to work and develop their practice within a critical framework pitched at postgraduate level. It is unaccredited in the traditional sense, but provides a programme of learning that benefits the practice of artists in the same way. Designed to fit the everyday lives of contemporary working artists it is responsive to its participants and works as an artist-led co-operative. Fluid and open in its evolution, participants directly steer the study programme, selecting and inviting those who come to teach on it and the topics explored.