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Staff Development Week - Open Dialogue: Artist & Designers of Afro-Caribbean Descent

  • Central Saint Martins 1 Granary Square London, England, N1C 4AA United Kingdom (map)

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Open Dialogue: Artist and Designers of Afro-Caribbean Descent (Monday, June 25 – 2-4pm)

The focus of Session 1 will be to present the Open Dialogue: Artists + Designers of Afro-Caribbean exhibition to UAL staff. This session will highlight the cultural impact for the participating Afro-Caribbean students and the relationships developed as a result of the exhibition’s viewing March 7 – 16, 2018. The following is a list of topics that will be covered in the session: discussion of the project origin, building student/staff support, considerations for the transformation of the studio space and the use of online social media engagement. Select Open Dialogue participants will be invited to present their reflections as co-presenters. 2 hours


10mins - Open Remarks / Welcome

40mins - Presentation

10mins - Break

30mins Student Reflections / Moderated Conversation

30mins - Open Group Discussion

Open Dialogue as Activism: Building a Resource for Change (Tuesday, June 26
- 10am-12pm)

Open Dialogue celebrated the richness of ethnic affiliations within the African diaspora and provided space to examine the complexities of race, identity politics, gender stereotypes, sexuality and religious views present within the UAL Afro-Caribbean student community. Continued dialogue about these topics in art institutions is critical to widening the gaze of intercultural art discourse in the classroom setting. Session 2 will examine how temporal interventions can help towards initiating relaxed conversations about diversity and inclusion in an art studio environment.

This will be a work session where staff are asked to engage in the development of an artifact for future interventions based on the Open Dialogue project. 2 hours

Session Objectives: What do you hope to share? What do you hope you/participants will take away? The outcome of this session will be to share process / outcomes / challenges of operating within an institutional environment that examine how faculty, staff, and students can work with and against the institution, to include specific considerations of:

  • What direct action is required in order to advance institutional change?

  • How do intra-institutional power structures affect the ability to drive forward initiatives / programs / change? How does one enter those tiers of power? How do we leverage our identity to push forward change?

  • Naming the systems, strategies and structures that allow for our success and challenge it

  • Identifying how to support each other and this work moving forward

  • Staff development courses: UAL offers internally run courses covering work-related skills.
  • Staff development festivals and conferences.
  • Opportunity for part-funded further study.
  • Academic Career Pathways to guide academic staff in developing their careers (skills?) in research, knowledge exchange or teaching.
  • Exceed workshops: The exceed programme runs workshops and creative activities to connect staff to what goes on in different areas at UAL.
  • Funding for external events such as relevant conferences, courses or research events.
  • Communities of Practice: These are groups within the university that allow staff to network, disseminate knowledge and share good practice. They can focus on a discipline, subject area, job role or even just a shared interest. New staff can join an existing group or request funding to start a new one.
Earlier Event: June 22
Later Event: July 11
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