Exchange of teaching and learning experiences of Art and Design between MIRIAD and Chinese High Art Institutes.
Two exchange workshops with The Experimental Art Department of The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing
David Haley and Tongyu Zhou went to Beijing and did a two-week workshop named "Making our Futures" with twelve first year research students of the department. The workshop focused on climate change and environmental issues with related to urban life. Students were encouraged to lead research on how to make their own city sustainable, their work will become a show in later days. Then Professor Lu Shengzhong, the head of the Experimental Art Department, brought eight students and staff to MIRIAD, and delivered a workshop on Chinese paper-cut to staff and students of the Faculty of Art and Design. Professor Lu also gave four lectures during his stay in Manchester on research and an exhibition by his students on the theme of climate change, the research activities in his department, Chinese Folk Art and as an internationally renowned artist, his artwork and thoughts. The programme was funded by the Asia Europe Foundation.
Joan Beadle and Nick Fleming's Foundation Course Exchange with Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.
In May 2007, Joan Beadle and Nick Fleming, two lecturers from the Manchester School of Art, took part in at Staff exchange to Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA).
GAFA is a large Art University in the South of China with around 10.000 Students studying a wide range of Art and design disciplines. It is one of the universities in China that MMU is developing international links with, via a programme of staff/student exchanges and exhibitions.
We ran a 10 day project with 90 first year students which culminated in an exhibition and photo shoot presentation. The theme of the project combines current concerns with recycling and the historical involvement of both cities with the clothing industry.
UNDO. Explore the qualities of an item of redundant clothing through a process of creative deconstruction into its constituent parts.
REDO. Reconstruct using these deconstructed elements and materials to form a new wearable structure.
Lecturers Feng Feng and Xiaoman Yang of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts visited the Foundation Course of the Faculty of Art and Design in 2008 to give lectures and a workshop titled "The Story of My Body". Nearly 80 students from Foundation, Photography and Interactive Art participated in this project.