Category: Creative Lunches

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 →

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 →

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 →

Where is the ‘agile’ in design education?

On the 22nd April we were lucky enough to welcome our first external visitor to a ‘Creative Lunch’. Lara Furniss is a lecturer at Birmingham City University, working within the school of visual communication. Her current research has been published in Design Week and she has written articles for the Creative Review. Lara’s research starts in the studios of top contemporary… Read more →

War and Art in Northern Denmark

A great ‘Creative Lunch’ yesterday with Alex Thimm presenting and explaining his current  photographic work. Alex’s current project seems to me to capture moments from multiple narrative ‘lines’ and the individual images he showed us can be read within multiple contexts, each context bringing a different meaning to the piece. Placed together the work explores ‘the dichotomy between areas of intense… Read more →

Creative Lunch 3: Neurodiverse learning

Huge thanks to Fenella Lloyd, specialist dyslexia tutor and support co-ordinator at Hereford College of Arts, who hosted our third ‘Creative Lunch’ today. Fenella’s talk began with a fascinating exploration of the neurodiverse learner and some insightful information about the different ways learners’ process information. I particularly welcomed Fenella’s clear message that this is a something to be celebrated –… Read more →

Creative Lunch 2: Empathy

Aine Venables (L5 Illustration lecturer) is researching how student and staff co-creation and definitions of ‘empathy’ can support outcomes in practical work.  During our second ‘creative lunch’ of the series (and the first held in our lovely Research Space) we had the opportunity to discuss ideas of empathy and how the concept could be of value to our students. The… Read more →

Creative Lunch *1

Huge thanks to Gillian for running a very successful ‘Creative lunch’ today. It didn’t take us long to move from the staffroom at Folly to the lovely library space – thanks to Martin for lending us this area to create in. Wonderfully, we started the session with some kinesthetic thinking – using play-doh to create a visual metaphor for our next… Read more →