Category: Scholarship

Sharing notes on the ESLTIS18 conference

I was lucky enough to present HCA’s re-fabricate project at Bristol University last week as part of  the Enhancing student learning through innovative scholarship conference. I’m pleased to say that I learned a great deal at the conference, with presentations from a wide range of disciplines and institutions. Plus, the conference trialled a new ‘snapshot’ format; five minute talks followed by… Read more →

AoC HE Research and Scholarship Conference 2018

Last Tuesday was the fourth AoC HE Research and Scholarship conference, and it was hugely interesting to see how far the college HE sector has moved in terms of research and scholarship during the three years of The Scholarship Project.  I took three main messages from the conference experience proper – one is simply an observation on the increasing interest and breadth of… Read more →

Creative space, reflective place: #OER18

So, my first (I really hope not my last) experience of OER18. To give some context, this is a conference which seems both transdisciplinary and trans-sector; industry specialist researchers together with an international cohort of academics from a wide range of disciplines – many learning technologists but also scientists, musicians, e-storytellers, archaeologists, PhD students, educators, researchers, musicians…all drawn together by… Read more →

Sustainability and design @re_fabricate

It was great to have Victoria back with us for Tuesday’s re_fabricate session, and even better that we could welcome Ferel, Nick, Ruth & L5 Graphics students to deliver a range of passionate and practical perspectives around the theme of sustainability. Here’s Ruth setting up her table of foraged objects – transporting her studio to A17 was an amazing transformation… Read more →

Co-designed, collaborative scholarship

  Yesterday afternoon we held our first re_fabricate session here at HCA (in a photography studio that worked as a physical space that was neither a lecture theatre, nor a workshop. It was the perfect space to try something new, with a group of people who hadn’t all met before, and a core planning team that included staff, students, alumni… Read more →

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 →

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 →

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 →