Category: research space

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 →

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 →

Creative Tea #2: A conference, short films and a book

4 minute read Thanks enormously to all those who attended the creative tea last week. It was a cold, gloomy November night that was brightened up by Holland’s ‘Fika’.    The focus of the tea was on ideas of knowledge-exchange, and the strands I drew from the meeting were ideas of knowledge-exchange as process, the live moment  and the validation of… Read more →

Scholarly Curriculum Development – Part 2

Reading Time – 2 mins I’m excited that our scholarly curriculum development work at Hereford College of Arts has now entered its second phase. Following a previous HE staff workshop we’re now entering a wider consultation phase which aims to gather ideas from staff and students around: Collaborative Modules What kinds of projects would support whole-college collaborations on the lines… Read more →