“Making a campus in the city.” UWE Bristol and the City Campus at Arnolfini one year on

Issue date: 27 September 2016


Arnolfini Auditorium

“Making a campus in the city.” UWE Bristol and the City Campus at Arnolfini one year on

Alex Gilkison inaugural lecture, 18:00, Tuesday 27 September 2016

Alex Gilkison, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education (ACE), is to give the inaugural Distinguished Professional Address lecture in the newly refurbished Arnolfini Auditorium at the University's City Campus at Arnolfini.

In this lecture, Alex will explain the ethos behind UWE Bristol's City Campus from a personal perspective, placing it within his experience of Scottish Reformed novelists such as JM Barrie, Robert Louis Stevenson and Muriel Spark.

Alex will discuss the partnership as a counterpoint to traditional pedagogies brought about by the influence of psychoanalysis, anti-psychiatry, the free school movement and film theory of the 1980s and 1990s.

The event marks the one year anniversary of the partnership between the University and the Arnolfini, and ushers in a new season of talks to be held in the auditorium, including the incredibly popular and established Fine Art Talks – held in partnership with the Arnolfini, Bristol City Council and Spike Island – and introducing the new Thinking Through Making talks, the first season of which will focus on Drawing and Print, and the new Cultural Education Talks - held in partnership with the Arnolfini.

Louise Jennings, Associate Dean for Partnerships, Faculty of Arts Creative Industries and Education (ACE), says “The partnership with Arnolfini is a great example of how our students can immerse themselves in real-life creative initiatives. We hope many people will join our combined programme of talks and events as we share ideas and provoke thinking about ways of making over the coming year.”

Alex Gilkinson, says, “I'm delighted to be able to share my experiences of the city as a learning environment. It is through partnerships that we are able to share opportunities to be inspired by the creative culture of the city, and challenge conventional thinking.”

The City Campus, as a whole, is made up of Spike Island, the Arnolfini, the Watershed and the recently approved investment and development of Bower Ashton Studios. The new multi-site campus gives students the chance to work alongside creative professionals – and become more involved in the work of the city's most prominent creative spaces.

For more information on UWE Bristol's City Campus, please visit the webpage.

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