NTU hosts international art and design education conference

NTU's School of Art & Design recently hosted the first Cumulus Association biannual conference of 2016, In this Place, welcoming to Nottingham over 300 delegates from educational institutions from 43 different countries across the world.

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Cumulus conference gala dinner in NTU's Newton building

NTU's School of Art & Design recently hosted the first Cumulus Association biannual conference of 2016, In this Place, welcoming to Nottingham over 300 delegates from educational institutions from 43 different countries across the world.

Over the course of five days, In this Place addressed the importance of ‘place' and how it impacts the way in which we generate ideas, create, and design. The aim of the conference was to create lasting impact in design and design education.

The conference welcomed keynote speakers including Dr Daniel Glaser, Director of the Science Gallery London, who focused on the design of new spaces where people from different backgrounds can engage and where art and science can collide. NTU Fine Art alumnus Wolfgang Buttress and NTU physicist Dr Martin Bencsik presented 'The Hive: creating the UK Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo'.

The conference programme gave delegates the opportunity to work in smaller groups, collecting and distributing information about each other's research and academic activities in specific fields.

Conference delegate, Wang Baosheng, Assistant Professor at Hunan University in China, said: "Attending the conference was a great experience. It was my first visit to the UK and I was impressed with the rich and exotic cultural heritage in Nottingham. The conference was well organised by the committee, bringing together great innovative minds from across the world. It was also my great honour and beyond my expectation to receive the Best Paper Award in the Future Craft category. My visit to Nottingham will be a great memory that I will really cherish for the rest of my life."

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Cumulus conference Chair, NTU's Professor Duncan Higgins

Fellow delegate Guillerma Mendoza, Assistant Professor at the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and Design in the Philippines, commented: "It is a truly memorable and enriching experience to be with kindred spirits in art, design and media education and research, and I'm looking forward to more productive encounters with the Cumulus network."

The conference was run in partnership with a number of key contacts across Nottingham, including Broadway Cinema, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Castle, New Art Exchange and Confetti.

Chair of the conference and Professor of Visual Arts at NTU, Duncan Higgins, told us: "It was an honour to host In this Place at NTU as it raised the essential platform for us to discuss what questions can or should we be asking that can inform the choices we are making for current and future creative practices.

"Being the place for knowledge exchange and conversation is, I think, the fundamental role of universities; to host, facilitate, frame and enable exchange as we contribute to the future we are making. Consequently, it was the creation of new opportunities to see and listen beyond what is known that has the potential to lead to the creation of new knowledge - both personally, educationally, and culturally."

Take a look at the photo gallery on the Cumulus Nottingham 2016 website.

NTU hosts international art and design education conference

Published on 13 May 2016
  • Category: Press; School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment; School of Art & Design

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