What if…Why not…?: Creative Risk taking in Art, Design and Performance

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21 Mar 2016

9.30am to 4pm

  • Is there a space for creative students to take risks in their learning at university?
  • How do we understand and experience risk taking within students’ learning and practice?   
  • What teaching approaches support (or not) the possibility of ‘positive’ failure?
We would like to invite you to join us to explore these questions at our forthcoming symposium. 

We will focus on how risk taking is supported within a structured academic learning environment and how it is understood both in the context of the quest for innovation and the ‘new,’ and in relation to societal change and entrepreneurship.
This symposium is part of the UAL Teaching Platform Series. In these events we explore contemporary issues in art and design education.  The event will offer keynote input and hands-on workshop activity.  

Who should attend?
Creative educators who are interested in the idea of risk taking and improvisation in art, design and performance education.  This event is open to both UAL staff and external attendees.

This event is free.  Lunch is included. 

Please book a place via the fom below.

Heather Barnett 
Lecturer on the MA Art and Science course at CSM. As an artist, Heather's practice embraces biological systems and imaging technologies, often working in collaboration with scientists, artists and organisms (see www.heatherbarnett.co.uk).

Mark Dunhill  
Artist and Academic Dean at Central Saint Martins with responsibility for the Art, Culture and Enterprise, Drama and Performance and Graphic Communication Programmes.

Prof. Matthew Kieran
Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Revealing Art (Routledge 2005), which focuses on the values of art. Matthew has given the public lecture for the National Icelandic Visual Arts Awards, the Charles Parodi Lecture at the Miami Basel Arts Fair and talks at Tate Britain. His current research focuses on creativity and character (see www.matthewkieran.com).

Dr Silke Lange
Associate Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement at CSM. Silke has worked in creative arts education in a variety of roles and organisations, across levels and subjects. Her research, which  has been published widely, focuses on the creative process, collective learning, interdisciplinarity, learning environments and students as co-creators (see www.silkelange.com).


09.30 - 10.00     Registration

10.00 - 11.00     ’Rules of Random’: Creative Practice workshop (Heather Barnett and students from the MA Art and Science at Central St Martins, UAL)

11.00 - 11.15     Overview of day from the UAL Teaching and Learning Exchange

11.15 - 11.30       Coffee break 

11.30 - 12.15      Houndini’s Box* (Mark Dunhill)
12.15 - 1.15         Lunch 
1.15 - 2.00          Creative Risk Taking and Character Differences (Matthew Kieran)

2.00 - 2.45           Workshop on Risk Taking in creative education hosted by UAL's Risk Taking Community of Practice  

2.45 - 3.00           Coffee break 

3.00 - 3.30           Possibilities of Uncertainty (hosted by Dr Silke Lange)

3.30 - 4.00           Summary and close

*Title courtesy of Philips, A., Houdini's Box: The Art of Escape (2002) London: Vintage

This event is part of a series hosted by University of the Arts London, exploring key issues in art and design teaching and learning in higher education.   
Each event includes leading speakers sharing current thinking in creative education and is designed to be interactive: delegates will have opportunities to engage in activities to support networking and engagement. 
Forthcoming Teaching Platform events:

June 3, 2016 Technology Enhanced Learning (hosted at London College of Fashion, Oxford Circus)

For more information about Teaching and Learning at UAL visit the Exchange website.  To subscribe to our mailing list for more details about these and other events, please email teachingexchange@arts.ac.uk, or follow us on Twitter @UALTLE.

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