Joolz Denby is full of surprises but she hasn’t taken silk! However we did enlist her services as a guest speaker as part of a lively cultural and artistic programme designed to enhance the academic agenda at the BAR (Bradford Action Research) Conference hosted by Bradford College on 19th and 20th November 2009.
We wanted delegates to relax and recharge their batteries, as well as make the most of network opportunities, between two days of intense activity involving our latest research developments on aspects of teaching, learning and assessment, so an evening of amusing treats was held at the National Media Museum.
VIP guests, including the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Naveeda Ikram and her husband, Saqib Salam Shah, joined delegates to watch a special performance of song, dance and drama given by our talented Performing Arts students at a drinks reception in the Experience TV Gallery.
After a delicious dinner in the Kodak gallery, Dean of Higher Education, David Smith, bravely tackled the thorny task of introducing Joolz, a woman whose portfolio is so extensive that she defies easy description as well as convention.
David briefly explained that Joolz is a renowned author, poet, performer, illustrative, fine art and recording artist, curator, photographer, broadcaster, band manager, tattooist – and much more besides!
To complete our cultural offering, delegates also enjoyed lunch in the Gallery of the Yorkshire Craft Centre, giving them chance to browse two fantastic exhibitions: Darren Baker and BeDazzled.