Discussing Cultural Value @HCA

This month, thanks to our Principal, Abigail Appleton,  we were lucky enough to have Professor Geoffrey Crossick visit us at Hereford College of Arts.  As well as being the Chair of the Crafts Council, Professor Crossick also co-edited the Cultural Value Project with Patrycja Kaszynska. From my perspective, the project, particularly for those of us who work within the arts, is super-important. The Cultural… Read more →

HE Symposium Part 2: Laura Ritchie

I’ve split the posts around the HCA HE Symposium last Wednesday as there has been a great deal to reflect on, around scholarship, the particular teaching practices of creative, skills-based education – and I don’t want to start writing over-long blog entries. To recap, we looked at the value of a creative education, with help from guests Laura Ritchie (@Laura_RItchie)… Read more →

HE Symposium Part 1: Jonathan Worth

This Wednesday (20th September) we held our 10th annual symposium at HE HCA. The symposium was started by a staff body of creative professional wanting professional development opportunities that weren’t ‘training’. Over the years it has grown, changed, moved spaces to a new campus and this year it shifted form again, moving from the traditional ‘stand and deliver’ format to… Read more →

RAISE 17: discussing student engagement

Engagement. It’s one of those contested words that can be interpreted in so many ways. Participation, taking part, sharing, association, involvement. It’s certainly a multi-dimensional idea, and the opportunity to participate (engage) in meaningful critical debate as part of a wider conversation around ‘student engagement’ is important. From my perspective, a range of voices was one of the delights of… Read more →

Festival of Practice 2017

Huge thanks to the delegates, presenters, and the amazing cooking of Holland Otik which made the first HCA Festival of Practice such a success on the 18th July.  The aim of the festival was to create a less-formal scholarly space which enabled discussion around practice (pedagogic or discipline-specific).  For those unfamiliar with the term, ‘practice’ is, in a sense, the ‘discipline’… Read more →

Scholarship in action at the AoC HE Research and Scholarship Conference

Huge thanks to the AoC Create team for organising what promises to be a game-changing articulation of scholarship and scholarly practices in the CBHE sector on Tuesday.   This was a busy conference, with many different strands and articulations of practice across the sector. The depth and range of presentations reflect the diversity of CBHE, and its various incarnations from… Read more →

HCA at Hay 2012: Learning space, learning place

Hereford College of Arts has a strong relationship with Hay Festival which manifests differently in each yearly iteration, and always add to the richness of our students experience.[1] From a scholarship perspective, last year I looked at Hay Festival regarding its relationship to ideas of ‘partnership learning communities’ and students learning valuable employability skills through running workshops. This year, informed… Read more →

The Scholarship of Illustration: visually interpreting complex narratives

Illustration plays an important role in 21st century storytelling, and working with writers and poets on ‘live’ briefs is just one aspect of student scholarship at Hereford College of Arts. Below, illustration course leader Neil Hadfield explains the recent cross-college and external collaborations with author Nicola Davies. These opportunities are part of the scholarships of teaching and learning and application;… Read more →

Creative Lunch: Reading Walter Benjamin

  Huge thanks to colleague Sebastian Truskolaski, who led a session this lunchtime around an extract from Walter Benjamin’s work, ‘Berlin Childhood around 1900’. The passage we considered together was that on ‘Colors’. If you’re interested in reading this, you can download the extract using the link at the bottom of the page.   Sebastian is expert in this area, having… Read more →

Part of the conversation at #porousuni

One of the issues of having our communications mediated by digital devices is that they can feel overly formalised or institutionalised. Events that (face-to-face) we accept as a necessary part of human interaction (the spilt tea, the late train which causes half the parties at a meeting to be late) we can react to differently in the digital domain, where… Read more →