Heritage as a Creative Future | Session 5: The creative and heritage industries: spinning yarns…
As the crucible of narratives, the creative and heritage industries collate extremely vibrant examples of stories defining our communities. Let’s explore the role of the practitioners as the media of a constant dialogue between the creative and heritage industries. Let’s explore how elected objects of our history can inspire the creation and stimulate a sustainable, unique and engaged relationship between the communities as users and the products as stories. An engaging way to wrap up the insightful discussions of this series of webinars, and to look beyond a siloed vision of the heritage as an inspiration for the creative industries
In conversation with
Dr George Jaramillo, Dr Lynne Hocking-Mennie, Aural Textiles https://www.auraltextiles.com
Nicola Henderson and Helen Avenell, Highland Threads https://museumsandheritagehigh...
Thursday 8th April – 1.30pm-2.15pm
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George is an Assistant Professor of Design in Heriot-Watt University at its Scottish Borders campus. He focuses on transdisciplinary design methods and design innovation processes. His ongoing research focuses on the intersection of landscape and heritage practices using sensory methods. Particularly, he finds the connection between perception of place and the tensions and entanglements between how we work and why we work an intriguing way to develop new design strategies to solve social and environmental problems.
Dr Lynne Hocking-Mennie
Lynne Hocking-Mennie is a handweaver and scientist whose work sits at the intersection of art/craft and science, creating handwoven objects that turn concepts related to data (in its broadest sense) into physical objects. Her work takes inspiration from genetics (DNA sequences and ancestry) as well as bioacoustics and climate change. She is interested in the process of data physicalisation through craft processes; and how co-design and co-creation can change the ways that craft objects are valued by end users. Her current projects explore her family's connection to the weaving trade in Angus stretching over at least seven generations, combining genetic data with ancestry research to develop handwoven textile objects that promote conversations about heritage, connection to place, and Scottish identity. https://www.lynnesloom.co.uk
Helen works with Museums & Heritage Highland in a projects and partnerships role, supporting engagement, encouraging collaboration and ensuring sustainability in the heritage sector across the Highlands. Helen has over two decades experience working in heritage, beginning her career with Paisley Museum and then as a curator for Glasgow Museums. More recently, Helen has spent the decade developing a wide-ranging freelance creative heritage practice with a particular focus on working with small, community and volunteer-led museums across the Highlands. Helen hails originally from Ullapool in the northwest Highlands but is now based in Forres, Moray.
Nicola Henderson is a freelance arts and heritage professional. She has worked within Scotland's Cultural Sector for almost 20 years - from Glasgow to Aberdeenshire via Skye and Sutherland. Nicola has worked as director of two of Scotland's leading cultural organisations - Timespan in Helmsdale and The Barn in Banchory. Following the birth of her first child, Nicola has worked freelance on a number of creative projects - from devising and delivering Associate Artist Programmes to managing New Music Scotland and working with the Highland heritage sector on building resilience. Nicola currently works as the Heritage Specialist for XpoNorth and the Innovation and Network manager for Museums and Heritage Highland - two roles that overlap in supporting museums to innovate for a sustainable future. She also co-runs the Museums Immersive Network with Cornwall Museums Partnership.
Distributed capabilities - Aural Textiles:
This research network explores contemporary Scottish art and design practice through a distributed and disruptive manner of collaboration. It uses a developing and robust digital/analogue multi-sensory process that promotes alternative environmental attunement to place and landscape, by using a process for creating new designs inspired by sounds. It does so through consolidation of a small cohort of textile designer/makers (established via a RSE Workshop Grant, “Aural Textiles”) into conversation and practice with a new collective of non-textile practitioners. In doing so, the project aims to explore what it means to be a practitioner in twenty-first century Scotland, including challenging the arts/crafts divide through collaborative interdisciplinary participation.
Through further discussion at the Heritage Cafe, it was agreed that plans for an online exhibition focusing on a costume from each museum’s collection would be developed and funding sought to support the work. A successful bid by Museums and Heritage Highlands to the National Lottery Heritage Fund Resilience Fund provided a green light and Highland Threads was go! Our collective vision for the project is to use collections to support museums in these difficult times. Driving new and existing audiences to our museums whether they are open or closed; help museums find new ways of creating income streams; and open up access to collections in a manageable, sustainable and engaging way.
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A series of 5 interactive webinars (45 minutes) and a panel discussion, targeted towards the creative industries, heritage and museums sectors in Scotland and beyond.
Thursday 10 December: Heritage and ideation: How can the interpretation of heritage go beyond the copy and paste?
Thursday 14 January: Museums and industry: the promising marriage of story-telling, creation and heritage
Thursday 11 February: Narrative of collection, collection of narratives: which story do you want to tell? (part 1)
Thursday 11 March: Narrative of collection, collection of narratives: which story do you want to tell? (part 2)
Thursday 8 April: The creative and heritage industries: spinning yarns…
All webinars will be recorded and available online.