In May 2017 SGSU Director Ellie Shipman visited Bath Spa University to facilitate a seminar on creative community engagement with BA Fine Art first year students. Presenting a range of inspiring case studies as well as examples from her own creative practice Ellie invited the students to consider the challenges and concepts in participatory art before making their own proposals. Some of the students found the process so helpful they decided to pursue the project they developed during the session.
By the end of the afternoon the majority of students had self-identified as ‘quite confident’ in working creatively with communities, having felt ‘not confident’ at the start of the session.
The only comment was: “Keep up the enthusiasm, it is clear how much you love what you do!”