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 →

From reflection to rule-breaking at Wales NEXUS 17

This Wednesday, the University of Wales Trinity St David’s (UWTSD) annual conference began with an intriguing activity from Dr Colin Jones, enterprise educator from Australia. Demonstrating the concept of affordable loss, we paired up to toss coins, slowly paring down the ‘winners’ of the toss until one person ‘won’. His central point here wasn’t about the perils of gambling, but… Read more →

Opening up the conversation: when external experts share practice and research

Thanks to Neil Hadfield, the leader of our BA (Hons) Illustration course, who invited Dr. Peter Wakelin and Clive Hicks-Jenkins to HCA last week. This was one of the most interesting events I’ve participated in this year. Peter’s talk took us on a fast-paced journey through Welsh landscape painting, with a focus on the romantic and neo-romantic movements and how… Read more →

GLAD 2017 Conference – mapping pathways for creative education

I left the GLAD conference yesterday with colleague Neil Hadfield feeling inspired, challenged and reflective; all great spaces to mentally inhabit. It’s interesting how this kind of knowledge-exchange can change and shape our mental landscapes.   There were two key themes I took forward. The first was around our particular discourse within creative education. The first keynote from Dr Steven… Read more →

Conversations, collaborations and Student Scholarship

Student scholarship in the arts college context pops up in all kinds of spaces, and this one was found in the Fine Art department’s ‘project space’. Becky Sumpter is a final year student on HCA’s Fine Art B.A. (Hons) course, where all students complete a piece of independent practice-led-research alongside the traditional dissertation. Becky’s rationale for her project states that… Read more →

What is Creativity? Less-formal audiovisual event

What is Creativity? Can we measure this, or is it something unique to the individual? During our audio-visual ‘open’ event yesterday we considered this issue in the light of ideas presented during the 2013 ‘Horizon’ documentary; The Creative Brain.   The programme considers creativity in terms of ‘moments of insight’ and ‘divergent thinking’. It presents research that questions  how we… Read more →