Leading academics from the Arts and Media Symposia 2014

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The first in a series of Arts and Media symposia took place at Bradford College on Thursday 13th March 2014, which saw academics and experts from the School of Arts and Media come together to share ideas, best practice and scholarly debate.

“The level of debate was of a high intellectual level.  It compared very well to all sorts of intellectual debate and theorising that would sit easily at place in any academic forum.”

Dr Graham N Stevens, Associate Dean Higher Education

Leading academic Dr Robert Galeta, Lecturer in Artistry and Theory was delighted to head up the lively and engaging discussions which energised the scholarship of colleagues across the school. 

The event provided a celebratory mechanism for the development of Arts and Media academics in their quest for personal and professional self-creation.

The inaugural session explored the parameters of research and its relation to teaching, in addition to academics research interests.

Speaking during the event, leading academic Dr Robert Galeta quoted the poet Juan Ramon Jimenez: “If they give you ruled paper, write the other way” – a challenge on the way one might think about scholarship.

Heather Boxall, Curriculum Team Leader for Art and Design shared fascinating insights from her PhD, ‘Practice of Painting as Repetition, Materiality, Pigments. Heather made reference to the enduring quality of painting, despite other competing media in the postmodern era.

Drawing on her ongoing PhD research, Manya Donaque, Art and Print Making Lecturer provided sharp insights into ‘Ephemeral Art, Live Art, Sound Art’, whilst Pam Brook, Curriculum Team Leader Art and Design shared research knowledge from her PhD, ‘Architecture, Sportswear, Modernism.’

Academics debated the value of art practice, to the teaching of art per se - the symbiotic relationship between the passion one has for practice and the richness of one’s teaching, particularly underlining the notion that students are constantly made aware of the fact that creativity cannot be divorced from the person – it is a deep enriching quality in a person’s/student’s existence that cannot be taken away.

Other valuable contributions came from Carole Griffiths, 3D Design lecturer; Damien O'Keeffe, Curriculum Team Leader for Media Music and Performing; Dr Robert Galeta, Lecturer in Artistry and Theory and Helen Birch, Art and Design lecturer.

Dr Graham N Stevens, Associate Dean Higher Education commenting on the Arts and Media symposium said: “The level of debate was of a high intellectual level.  It compared very well to all sorts of intellectual debate and theorising that would sit easily at place in any academic forum.”