The workshop provided a full week of interactive education on arts and crafts as a vehicle for discovering and sharing cultural heritage. In particular, it provided a fascinating insight into the cultural heritage of the West Midlands and presented a wonderful opportunity to explore and reflect upon the culture and history of all participants.
Throughout the week we engaged in interactive, visual and kinaesthetic sessions, such as pottery making, papier‐mâché, visits to museums such as the Wedgewood Museum, Black Country Living Museum and Ironbridge Gorge, as well as a visit to the local Art Gallery in Wolverhampton.
Through the structured and also more informal workshops we learnt together about artistic techniques typical of the region, both from the past and the present and had many opportunities to investigate, compare and contrast such arts and crafts within our own culture(s). By engaging with new techniques alongside other participants, those attending the workshop were able to share the experience, discuss ideas and hopefully gain an appreciation for the arts and crafts of other countries.
The workshop engaged 12 European participants from a number of countries such as Germany, Belgium, Turkey, Romania, Italy, Slovenia, Latvia and Cyprus. It also included 5 university staff as part of the organisational team and 1 UK learner who joined the group for most of the week.
The main outcomes from the workshop were that participants gained a better understanding of how arts and crafts have shaped current society and had the opportunity to appreciate each other’s cultural heritage.
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