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Dr Keireine Canavan

In the latest addition to the CSAD Magazine website, Dr Keireine Canavan talks about her life, her career and research.

Born in England to Irish parents, Keireine has also lived in Scotland, and has been working in Wales for over a decade, as well as spending time living in the Middle East, learning about its culture while working with bedouin weavers.

“They’re illiterate and so it’s a complete oral history and it is definitely dying out. One technique that we’ve been researching – and I collaborate with Dr Ali Alnajadah – and we’ve only found eight weavers of this one technique. The symbols and the semiotics – you can’t read them but it’s a complete language” she explains.

Read the full interview on the CSAD Magazine website.

- April 15th, 2014 -

Sarah Younan Cardiff School of Art and Design CSAD
As part of an event organised by Axisweb, Andrew Renton, Head of Applied Art at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, will be ‘in conversation’ with research student Sarah Younan about their collaboration and what artists can bring to the interpretation of collections.

Held at the National Museum Wales, the day-long symposium, for artists, curators and museum professionals, will examine how artists can work with museum collections to both extend and enhance artists’ practice and open collections up in new and innovative ways.

The event will take place on 14th May in the Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre. Places are free, but booking is essential.

- April 9th, 2014 -
Double Dialogues comes to Cardiff - April 9th, 2014 -

Double Dialogues Cardiff

Professor Clive Cazeaux is part of a Cardiff team organising the international Double Dialogues Conference, ‘Precursors into the Future’ taking place in the City from 19-21 September 2014.

Double Dialogues is a series of annual conferences bringing together artists, philosophers and theorists to discuss questions at the intersection of art theory and practice. There is also an accompanying on-line, peer-reviewed journal. It is led by artists, philosophers and cultural theorists at the Australian universities of Deakin, Melbourne and Swinburn, with local organization by colleagues at the host institutions. Headed up by Chris Norris, the 2014 conference is being organised by artists and philosophers from Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and the University of South Wales.

- April 9th, 2014 -

CSAD academic Ingrid Murphy was one of 6 speakers to present at the Make Symposium on 7th March at the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork. The symposium looked at our relationship to objects and making, with Ingrid’s presentation focusing on the synergies between traditional skills and new technologies, exploring how both the application and ideology of new technologies can influence the ways in which we conceive, produce and perceive the crafted object.

Ingrid Murphy Cardiff School of Art and Design

- April 9th, 2014 -


Clay: What kind of stuff do you call that?

Professor Jeffrey Jones
Cardiff School of Art & Design
Date: Wednesday 14th May 2014
Time: 5.45pm for 6pm start
Venue: Lecture Theatre O1.01, Cardiff School of Management Building, Llandaff Campus

Clay is one of the oldest materials used to make art with evidence of its use stretching back thousands of years. Clay artefacts, or ‘ceramics’, are of crucial importance within the historical record and there is hardly a place on earth, even today, where potters do not shape clay into vessels and other forms for utilitarian or decorative purposes. In some places, such as Cardiff School of Art and Design, it is possible to study ceramics as a subject at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The word ‘ceramicist’ has been adopted by many artists to signal their commitment to their use of clay as an art material.

Dr Jeffrey Jones is Professor of Ceramics at Cardiff School of Art and Design. He teaches on the BA and MA programmes, supervises PhD candidates and conducts research into historical and contemporary developments in ceramics.

To book your place on any of the Cardiff Metropolitan University Professorial and Inaugural Lectures, please complete the online booking form or contact: Caryn Blunt, Tel: 029 2041 6052 or email:

- April 7th, 2014 -

Sue Hunt, Cardiff Art School

In the latest instalment of the CSAD Magazine website, CSAD academic Sue Hunt talks about her work with the charity ‘Mothers of Africa’ and a collaborative project focusing on Chinese folding books.

Sue travelled to China with an exhibition of Chinese folding books – a traditional format with silk bound backs and soft paper inside – called ‘Sixteen Artists and the Chinese Folding Book’. For Hunt, the Chinese folding book format really came into its own when it was taken into a different cultural context and she was able to look at it with fresh eyes:

“It’s interesting because when you have some things as an engrained part of your culture, you often don’t realise how good the format is,” she says. “That seemed to be the experience of the Chinese Artists, they talked of always having had the books around, like note or sketchbooks.”

As well as China, Hunt’s work recently took her to Africa with Mothers of Africa charity. In Chongwe, Zambia, she created a community project with the local school, and collaborated with local artists to make a joint mural based on the children’s drawings of their environment.

Read the full story on the CSAD Magazine website.

- April 4th, 2014 -
CSAD Summer Show 2014 - April 4th, 2014 -

This year’s CSAD Summer Show will open on the Saturday 7th June 2014 and run for one week, finishing on Friday 13th June. More information to follow on the Summer Show web page.

- April 4th, 2014 -

The School is based on two campuses, Llandaff and Howard Gardens. In Autumn 2014 our new School building on the Llandaff campus will be completed, and all School of Art & Design programmes will be based in the new building from this date. For more information on the new building, visit this page.

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