Creative tea; naming re_fabricate

It begins… Two weeks ago we held a ‘Creative tea’ session to get an idea of what people might want to get out of (and name) a new kind of teaching and learning space we are piloting at HCA. Thanks to all who participated and shared their ideas. Victoria Powell, (Critical Studies Lecturer at Hereford College of Arts) and Sarah… Read more →

Creative Lunch: Herefordshire Narratives

This January we held a further ‘creative lunch’ – an inspiring day of intercrossing narratives, stories, and ideas. Particular thanks must go to Lucy Jones and Rebecca Finney for bringing their ideas around landscape into our college community and, in Rebecca’s case, for sparking the whole thing off during a conversation in December around rural activism and the political nature… Read more →

People, process, product – embracing technology at #IGHETech18

This was a conference that reflected some different perspectives as well as pragmatic approaches to that interesting negotiation space between ‘technology’ and ‘learning; unsurprising since so much of the wider context is equally conflicted as the HE sector bobs around in a swirling maelstrom of change.  Overall, from my perspective, the conference was also about whether we want our technology to be a passive ‘enabler’ that we buy in… Read more →

conTEXT: student-led scholarly journal at Bristol School of Art

This Wednesday it was fantastic to be invited by contextual studies tutor Lydia Wooldridge to watch students at Bristol School of Art begin the editorial process for the first issue of conTEXT, their student journal.  ConTEXT is a great idea; an active way to enable developing artists and designers to engage with the academic journal process and promote the kinds of skills they will need to thrive as creative professionals… Read more →

November Creative Lunches: sharing good practice at HCA

I wanted to briefly capture two successful creative lunch sessions recently; both were aimed at sharing practice and supporting students, but each had a very different focus.  Alex Thimm is B.A (Hons) course leader for Photography at HCA. His lunchtime session shared practice ‘on the ground’ that Alex’s students have found helpful in supporting them manage their time and learn valuable study skills.   This work,… Read more →

Ferrous 2017: Scholarship and socially engaged practice

Last weekend, students and staff from the Artist Blacksmithing BA (Hons) course at Hereford College of Arts (HCA) collaborated with a range of partners and international blacksmiths to create Ferrous2017, our first ever Blacksmithing Festival. At the heart of the weekend was the co-construction and creation of an arbour for St Michael’s Hospice. The arbour (you can see it in… Read more →

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 →