Developing New Avenues for Silver Design: Exploring elasticity as a medium for emotional expression
This AHRC practice-led grant explored three areas: 1) the technical aspects of joining thin hard-rolled Argentium through laser welding; 2) the design development, which investigated how the material and process can be combined to exploit the elasticity of silver; 3) the expressive opportunities arising from the introduction of elastic movement into silver design.
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More information: Dr Kristina Niedderer
Caste Aside: Dalit Punjabi Identity and Experience
This research into the experience of caste prejudice in personal relations faced by dalits (the ex-Untouchable Indian castes) in the UK and urban Indian Punjab seeks to understand, through the eyes of the sufferers, why the practice of caste hierarchies and caste prejudices persist. The killing of a Ravidasi guru in Austria by orthodox Sikhs in 2009, followed by wide-spread violent response in the Indian Punjab and the attendant surge for further separation between caste groups in the UK, prompt questions into the conditions for greater mixing, the complex role of overseas migration, and wider socio-economic and political factors besides caste endogamy.
Funding: Leverhulme Foundation Fellowship (£45,000)
Duration: September 2010 – June 2012
More information: Dr Meena Dhanda
Black Country Creative Advantage
Black Country Creative Advantage was a partnership between the Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation at the University of Wolverhampton, and the arts organisation Multistory based in West Bromwich. With this two-year initiative the project aimed to investigate through collective reflection and action how arts practices can relate to or impact upon regeneration practices to support a more democratic involvement of local people in culture, public planning and developments where they live.
Duration: November 2009 - October 2011
Integration into life-long learning of work-based competences; development of content and concepts of continuous training; production of pedagogic tools.
A project for schools and professionals in the world of ceramics as additional tool to aid creation, tranfer innovation, to share skills, through the development of digital training tools. Using modern methods to share skills and competences of ancestral craft to protect european cultural and artistic heritage.
Centre International de Formation à la Céramique , Saint Amand en Puisaye, France
Keramicke Studio Jarmily, Tynerove, Czech Republic
Videoscop, Universite Nancy, France