Category: Sharing ideas

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 →

November Creative Lunches: sharing good practice at HCA

I wanted to briefly capture two successful creative lunch sessions recently; both were aimed at sharing practice and supporting students, but each had a very different focus.  Alex Thimm is B.A (Hons) course leader for Photography at HCA. His lunchtime session shared practice ‘on the ground’ that Alex’s students have found helpful in supporting them manage their time and learn valuable study skills.   This work,… 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 →

HE Symposium Part 2: Laura Ritchie

I’ve split the posts around the HCA HE Symposium last Wednesday as there has been a great deal to reflect on, around scholarship, the particular teaching practices of creative, skills-based education – and I don’t want to start writing over-long blog entries. To recap, we looked at the value of a creative education, with help from guests Laura Ritchie (@Laura_RItchie)… Read more →

HE Symposium Part 1: Jonathan Worth

This Wednesday (20th September) we held our 10th annual symposium at HE HCA. The symposium was started by a staff body of creative professional wanting professional development opportunities that weren’t ‘training’. Over the years it has grown, changed, moved spaces to a new campus and this year it shifted form again, moving from the traditional ‘stand and deliver’ format to… Read more →

RAISE 17: discussing student engagement

Engagement. It’s one of those contested words that can be interpreted in so many ways. Participation, taking part, sharing, association, involvement. It’s certainly a multi-dimensional idea, and the opportunity to participate (engage) in meaningful critical debate as part of a wider conversation around ‘student engagement’ is important. From my perspective, a range of voices was one of the delights of… Read more →

Festival of Practice 2017

Huge thanks to the delegates, presenters, and the amazing cooking of Holland Otik which made the first HCA Festival of Practice such a success on the 18th July.  The aim of the festival was to create a less-formal scholarly space which enabled discussion around practice (pedagogic or discipline-specific).  For those unfamiliar with the term, ‘practice’ is, in a sense, the ‘discipline’… Read more →

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 →

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 →