Author: SarahCrowson

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 →

Academic Reading Workshops : exploring purpose and process

  Huge thanks to the students who joined Fenella and myself on Monday 20th and 27th February to discuss purpose and process when we read academic texts.   The project involves use of an academic reading strategy that Fenella, a specialist lecturer, produced as part of her post-graduate portfolio of work. The strategy breaks down the processes a ‘skilled reader’… Read more →

Culture, conversation and character: discussing Perry’s Reith Lectures

Huge thanks to the 12 students and staff who joined us for conversations based around Grayson Perry’s ‘Reith Lecture’: Nice Rebellion, Welcome in. I love how the Research Room space transforms (with the help of Oliver Cameron-Swan) into a movie theatre at a moment’s notice. For this informal event we weren’t, strictly speaking, watching, but instead were listening to the… Read more →

Learning Gain with Ravensbourne

3 ½ minute read We were delighted to welcome delegates from Ravensbourne college to Hereford College of Arts on the 31st January. The visit was to share some very recent research on Learning Gain with us and discuss some of the findings. Ravensbourne are a lead college in this HEFCE-funded project and, like us, a specialist arts college so their… Read more →

Continuing the conversation: remembering the work of John Berger

3 minute read Last month, the great critic, artist and writer John Berger died. Renowned for his Marxist ideologies, he was a public intellectual who we will miss hugely for his writing and radical, unafraid wisdoms that have challenged, provoked and inspired us. Rather than dwell on the many memorials and obituaries, we wanted, at Hereford College of Arts, to… Read more →