Hello all and welcome to Re_fabricate (working title).

Victoria Powell, (Critical Studies Lecturer at Hereford College of Arts) and Sarah (Scholarship Development Manager at Hereford College of Arts) are launching this new initiative as part of the legacy of the AoC Scholarship Project.

There isn’t currently a space at HCA which formally brings creative minds together from across the courses, year groups, staff and external creative community to problem-solve and innovate in transformative ways.

This initiative (formerly under the working title of ‘Porous’) aims to do just that and to provide a space to learn from and inspire each other. This will, in turn, support our creative, critical and reflective practice, as well as our collaboration skills.

We now are super-excited to have over 30 staff, students, members of the external creative community (including alumni) interested in joining the group, and we’re ready to move forward in co-deciding  a manifesto for the group, as well as deciding on suitable dates and times to meet. We’ll have to limit live sessions to 30 people, but want to include as many people in the wider project as we can.

Our overarching aim is to bring together interesting people to workshop through innovative ideas; these could be around sustainability and ethical design, material futures, embodied learning in a digital age, storytelling – or anything else we think useful – the group will co-create the content, but we’ll frame our teaching and learning in terms of the OU’s ‘innovating pedagogy‘ series of publications.

We will be running (initially) four workshops, each lasting four hours. We hope to extend this beyond the initial trial period. These will be accompanied by a ‘journal of unfinished ideas’. Watch this space to add to the journal.

Please let us know if you are interested in finding out more or participating in the project by leaving a comment below or emailing s.crowson@hca.ac.uk or you can tweet to #re_fabricate.

(The project has been inspired by many things, including the Porous University symposium in 2017 that Sarah was able to remotely attend through @virtuallyconnecting, working with Openlab and  Eventmovement, a digital commissioning platform to share ideas created by Newcastle University, Dilly Fung’s book ‘A Connected Curriculum for Higher Education’ and being part of University of Wales Trinity St David Enhancement themes.)

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