Debate: New technologies are killing hand-made craft

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Is there still a place for teaching traditional craft in art and design higher education as preparation for employment in today's creative industries?

  • From: Wednesday 19 November 2014, 6 pm
  • To: Wednesday 19 November 2014, 8.30 pm
  • Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

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Is there still a place for teaching traditional craft in art and design higher education as preparation for employment in today's creative industries?

Craft – the art of hand making – exists as an end in itself and provides a visual and tangible element of research, development and product. Craft has traditionally questioned and influenced design and manufacturing through its understanding of the properties and potential of materials.

As part of the culture of consumerism, the challenges of 2D digital developments have been embraced and 3D now seeks the skills of hand-forming to progress. Some see this as riding roughshod over traditional craftsmanship. What is the impact of new technologies on quality and value and where does this leave the traditional craft maker?

Panel members include:

  • Andrew Adams, Corporate Services Manager by Johnson Tiles in Stoke on Trent
  • Christopher Breward, Principal Edinburgh College of Art; Vice-Principal Creative Industries and Performing Arts, formerly Head of Research Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Rebecca Earley, Textile Designer and Academic; Professor in Sustainable Textiles and Fashion Design Chelsea College of Arts; Director Textile Futures Research Centre UAL
  • Grant Gibson (Chair), Craft, Design and Architecture Writer; Editor Crafts Magazine
  • Tavs Jørgensen, Potter and 3D ceramic designer; Research Fellow, Autonomatic Research Group University College Falmouth; Visiting Tutor Royal College of Art

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Location details

Room/Building:

Newton building, Main Entrance

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
NG1 4BU

Parking:

There is no parking available at the University itself, but there are many car parking facilities within a couple of minutes walking distance. The nearest car park is Talbot Street Car Park. If using this car park please exit onto Chaucer Street.

Travel Info:

If you are travelling to Nottingham by car the fastest and easiest way to get to the Newton building is by using the city's park and ride tram service. NET Trams depart every ten minutes from the Phoenix Park and Hucknall sites and takes you directly into the city within 20 minutes. The cost of a day travel ticket is £3.50.

The tram is also convenient if you are travelling by train. Trams also depart from Nottingham Train Station at ten minute intervals. You can alight at either the Royal Centre or Nottingham Trent University tram stop as they are equidistant to the Newton building.

For further information about the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) service please refer to their website.

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