BSU Research News 02/06/2017

Welcome to this week’s BSU Research News blog: a weekly bulletin of research goings-on at Bath Spa University.


Open Source Salon with John Wood & Paul Harrison

Wednesday 12th July 2017, 18:30

‘26 Things’

July’s Open Source Salon will welcomes artists John Wood and Paul Harrison, who started working together in 1991. Currently Bristol based, both artists studied at Bath School of Art. Collaboratively they make videos, drawings, prints and sculpture. The artists’ spare, to-the-point works often explore how human beings interact with everyday objects and their surrounding architecture.

In their experiments with movement and materials, many of which critic Tom Lubbock has described as ‘sculptural pratfalls’, Wood and Harrison employ exuberant invention, subtle slapstick, and a touch of light-hearted melancholy, to reveal the inspiration and perspiration – as well as the occasional hint of desperation – behind all creative acts.

For Open Source Salon, Wood & Harrison will discuss their working partnership, share some of their work and explain how one week became twenty-six years. As always, questions and participation from the audience are welcomed throughout!

Open Source Salon is a discussion group for like-minded creatives and enthusiasts who meet monthly to exchange ideas, hear special guest speakers, and enjoy local food and drink. Each salon consists of a specially invited speaker who will share their unique knowledge and experience on one of the four key themes at the heart of Hauser & Wirth Somerset – Art, Architecture, Landscape, Food. Open Source Salon is a collaboration between Hauser & Wirth Somerset and the Roth Bar & Grill.

6.30 pm: A welcome glass of prosecco
7 pm: Talk
8 pm: A Roth Bar & Grill ‘Sharing Supper’ in the garden – a showcase of seasonal vegetables from our Kitchen Garden, Westcombe cheddar, marinated olives, soft boiled eggs, cornichons, flat breads, grissini, Mallorcan almonds, guacamole and soured cream.

Please note this salon will take place in the open air, so please wear appropriate clothing.

Ticket price: £30
Price includes welcome drink, the talk and dinner.

To book please click this link.


Body Media II

Power Station of Art is proud to present the interactive art exhibition Body Media II from April 29 to July 30 2017 in Shanghai, featuring BSU’s John Wood.

Co-curated by Gong Yan (China) and Richard Castelli (France), the exhibition includes 29 pieces of artworks by 24 artists/art groups from 12 countries. The exhibition continues the theme of 2007’s exhibition Body Media, re-discusses the close ties between new media and body within the new era context totally revolutionized by advancing technologies. It contains installation, performance, photography, video, and other hard-to-be-defined art forms, introduces cross-disciplinary cooperative patterns and exceeds boundaries of interactive art exhibitions.

The different artworks present the body’s properties of being revealed, substituted, augmented and limited, which is the very fate for the body in the development of new media and new technology. Technologies have changed our perceptions of the world, and the body, under such changes, is also obstructing our relations with the reality.

According to curator Gong Yan, body is just like mankind’s carry-on life-size interface as well as a familiar yet strange other. New media technologies have given body a stage to play and perform and are slowing its ageing process; just as such technologies are postponing limits of art.

For further information and a short clip of the exhibition click here.

BSU paper presentation: Victoria Opara

2017 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference


We are delighted to announce that Victoria Opara, Senior Lecturer in Business and Management within BSU Bath Business School, has been selected to present at the 2017 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, to be held at Brunel University in London at the end of June.

The paper she will present, investigates how multiple identities are experienced at the intersection of national identity, ethnicity and gender, when articulating the narratives of professional British women with a BAME identity. Congratulations Victoria!

For more information, please visit


BSAD at the Holburne Museum

Friday 26th May – Sunday 11th June 2017

Each year Bath School of Art and Design, MA Ceramics and MA Textiles students engage with and respond to the Holburne Museum’s wonderfully eclectic collection, developing knowledge and skills through research, making and exhibiting.

This year six students have created a diverse exhibition, collectively responding to the architecture of the building and its internal and external spaces; to the social history of the collection and to specific objects within it. Students have used a broad range of production techniques to research and develop ideas, including embroidery, hand building, video and laser cutting.

Muse: Reflections in Place will be on show at the Holburne Museum until 11 June.

More information can be found on the BSAD Ceramics School Blog and course Facebook page.


Free Webinar: Alternative Career Pathways After Your PhD

Thursday 8th June 2017, 13:00 – 14:00

The academic jobs market is becoming more challenging and competitive post-PhD. With the number of PhD holders increasing, there is enormous pressure on the academic job market and declining academic job prospects for doctoral graduates.

What can you do after your PhD? It is a difficult decision for any PhD student on whether to pursue a career in academia, or consider alternative careers. To help all those who are considering options after doctoral studies, is holding a FREE 60-minute live video event via a live Q&A called ‘Alternative Career Pathways After Your PhD’. During the Q&A, a panel of experts who have moved outside of academia will share top tips and advice on alternate career pathways following a PhD. By attending, you will learn:

  • If a non-academic career path right for you
  • What non-academic job options are available to you
  • How to market yourself to employers outside of academia
  • How to prepare your CV for non-academic opportunities
  • What skills employers are looking for
  • How to develop your skills for opportunities outside academia
  • Making the move: how to prepare for the transition out of academia

How do you watch?

By following on YouTube, you will be able to watch the live online video and gain real insights, top tips and also have an opportunity to get involved in the conversation. You can either submit questions before the event by registering your place, or you can submit your questions live during the Q&A on the YouTube chat.

This event is open to anyone and is completely free. Register your place here and you will be sent more details of how you can access the live video Q&A nearer the time.

Drawings of Different Sizes, Michael Pennie

Drawing Project UK, Bridge House, Trowbridge

Main exhibition runs until Saturday 10th June 2017

This exhibition celebrates the role of drawing within the practice of the distinguished sculptor Michael Pennie and has been developed in collaboration with the curator Fiona Cassidy. The exhibition will run until Saturday 10th June and will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm, and by appointment. Please contact:

Michael will also be discussing his work at Drawing Projects UK in Trowbridge on Saturday 10th June. The discussion will focus on the place of drawing within Pennie’s working process as a sculptor. He says: ‘Drawing is the simplest way to externalise an idea – to get it out your head. I can find out a lot about a proposal for a two metre high sculpture if I make a two metre high drawing. Quite often the drawing is the work, the idea goes no further, making a drawing can save me weeks of labour, especially when I find my idea is more appropriate to a drawing than a sculpture.’ Attendance is free, but advance booking is essential. To book a place, please visit Drawing Discussion: Michael Pennie & Fiona Cassidy in conversation.

Instagram: @DrawingsofDifferentSizes

Upcoming Professorial Lecture: James Newman

Game Over? The past, present and future of video game preservation

Wednesday 7th June 2017, 18:00


Videogames are disappearing. No really, they are.

At a time when there are more gaming platforms and titles available than ever before, this might seem like an unlikely claim, however, the implications are signifiant and wide-ranging. In this lecture, Professor James Newman draws on his research, collaborations and curatorial work, to consider what is currently being done, and questions some of the assumptions about what videogames are, and what the object of their preservation should be.

The lecture will be followed by Q&A and refreshments. To book a place, please click the following link:

James Newman: Game Over? The past, present and future of video game preservation Wednesday 7th June, 18:00 – 20:00, Commons G23

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BSAD Undergraduate Degree Show 2017

The Bath School of Art and Design undergraduate degree show begins with a private view on 9 June, followed by a public view 10 – 15 June.

Final year students from across the School of Art and Design will exhibit their work in what promises to be another exciting showcase of rising talent.

In the meantime, share in the build up as our students post their preparations and build-up via the hashtag #BathSpaMakes.


Journal of Media Practice and MeCCSA Practice Network Annual Symposium 2017

Commons, Thursday 8th June 2017

The Media Convergence Research Centre is proud to be hosting the 2017 Journal of Media Practice and MeCCSA Practice Network Annual Symposium.

The MeCCSA Practice Network champions practice within the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association, ensuring that those that teach and research practice have a strong voice within the subject association and beyond. It is dedicated to developing links with the creative industries and with national and international networks and associations.

This year’s symposium explores the theme of ‘Practice and/as Media Industry Research’ and aims to showcase both scholarly and practice-based research that considers the relationships between the theoretical study of media industries and creative forms of media practice and practice-based media research.

The symposium will feature keynote lectures and plenaries by Prof Kerstin Stutterheim (Bournemouth University), John Mateer (University of York), and Prof Bambo Soyinka (Bath Spa University). The day will include a range of panels devoted to Screen Cultures & Collaborative Practices, Digital & Media Art Practices, Film & Documentary Practices, and Media Education Practices, and there will also be interactive workshops devoted to Documentary Ethics, the New Media Professor, and Information Game Narratives. Finally, we will showcase the winning entry of our MediaWall competition, which sought to attract screen-based media artworks that creatively examine and interrogate questions related to the workings of the media industries.

The symposium is free to attend for all BSU staff, students and postgraduate researchers. To book your place, please email Matthew Freeman ( by no later than Friday 2nd June.

More information about the symposium, including a full programme, is available here.


Job opportunity: Design Assistant

Dents was established in 1777 and enjoys a worldwide reputation for designing fine accessories and gifts for men and women, many of which are handmade from luxury leathers and fabrics of the highest quality.

We are looking for a design/product developer to work within the buying, design and sales teams to create a highly commercial and innovative collection of accessories.

The role will include the following tasks:

  • Assisting with the design of merchandise from story boards and specifications to artwork and samples.
  • Liaising with factories by email and phone.
  • Progressing samples to final sign off stage.
  • Producing product and packaging designs using Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
  • Price negotiation with factories.
  • Pre-season sales analysis and market place / competitor research.
  • Meeting and liaising with customers.
  • Attending exhibitions.
  • Developing new customer base.

This position offers a great opportunity for graduate to progress with a prestigious accessory brand.

If you feel you are a suitable candidate for this role then please submit your CV and covering letter with salary expectations to Deborah Moore, CEO, at: Dents, Furnax Lane, Warminster, BA12 8PE.



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