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Making well

Through the act of making – our choices and uses of materials, and the ways we make our world from those materials – we are involved in critical decisions that impact upon wellbeing throughout society. This theme brings academic and creative attention to making, materials and craft techniques, with research that is applied to a diverse range of fields, from health to climate change, the impact on education, sustainability and innovation. Expert understanding comes from a range of scholarly and practice disciplines including fashion, textiles, craft, material sciences and architecture. Research has investigated issues such as the relationship between textiles, repetitive processes and mental health, particularly in relation to the rites of bereavement, creative research into materials to enhance sustainability dialogues in order to bring about change.

How Do You Feel? Exhibition & Drop-in Wellbeing Centre Phoenix Art Space Wednesday 21 June – Sunday 25 June

How Do You Feel? Accompanying the exhibition, Collectarium will be running a drop-in wellbeing centre at the Phoenix Art Space where members of the public are invited to contribute to the exhibition by participating in the FREE mask making workshops…. Continue Reading →

Louisa Taylor’s new book on Glazes will be published in July

  Word on the street mentions that Louisa Taylor’s new book on making ceramics is out July 24, 2023. Called Glazes for the Contemporary Maker: (Ceramics) Louisa has written a few books on ceramics, ‘The Ceramics Bible: the Complete Guide… Continue Reading →

Summer School Courses in the School of Art and Media

If you are an experienced creative or a beginner, the University of Brighton invites you to take a part in a selection of 5 Leisure Courses this June. Find out more about each Course available below and make sure to… Continue Reading →

‘Second-hand and the Tacit’ by Dr Jules Findley

If you have an interest in second-hand repair and up-cycling, read ‘Second-hand and the Tacit’ by Dr Jules Findley. Based on writings and discussions in a hands-on repair workshop held through Second hand Cultures in Unsettled Times organised by Cardiff… Continue Reading →

‘Well-Making in Social design: Opening the Potential for Makerspaces in Social Design projects’ By Nick Grant and Katie Hill

With the aim of expanding understanding of how makerspaces as a social design tool benefit participants and communities, Nick Gant and Katie Hill draw evidence generated through art-based research. Gain a deeper understanding through reflections from the perspectives of two… Continue Reading →

‘Remaking, hope and wellness through online connectivity’ By Emma Collins

If you want a creative boost for your wellbeing and online presence, read ‘Remaking, Hope and Wellness through Online Connectivity’ by Emma Collins, who writes about the ideas of remaking using social media to promote making ideas. With the rise… Continue Reading →

Creativity in Covid – exploring inspiration during lockdown

Calvin Moore is studying for an MA in Creative Writing here at the University of Brighton and as part of his artist in residency module on the MA, Calvin has been working with the CAW. Calvin also has a career… Continue Reading →

Milk Matters: Design as a Socio-Material Tool for Public Breastfeeding

As part of the AHRC Design for Change series, Sally Sutherland’s research features in this short film. https://twitter.com/ahrcpress/status/1212358091917971456

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