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Arts University Plymouth’s inaugural lecture series launches with Professor Andrew Brewerton

Art University Plymouth's inaugural lecture series launches with 'On Making: Learning as Artefact' by Professor Andrew Brewerton, held at The Box on Thursday 17 November from 5.30pm. This is the first in a free public series of lectures and events designed to celebrate the significant milestone of a member of the Arts University Plymouth community achieving the title of Professor.

Arts University Plymouth is launching its inaugural lecture series with a free public lecture from Professor Andrew Brewerton, ‘On Making: Learning as Artefact’, to be held in The Box on Thursday 17 November at 5:30pm. The lecture, which is held in recognition of Andrew’s appointment as Professor Emeritus at Arts University Plymouth in 2021, will reflect on the concept of making as intrinsic to human learning, within and beyond an educational context.

Free tickets for the lecture are bookable online on Eventbrite.

Professor Brewerton said: “It was my privilege to lead Plymouth College of Art as Principal through more than a decade of significant transformation, and a successful application for university title as Arts University Plymouth.

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Professor Andrew Brewerton

“Every decision we made during that time was aimed at creating the richest, most diverse ecosystem of materials, processes, technologies, ideas, practices and influences for education in contemporary art, craft, design and media that you might find in the shape of an Art School, in spite of the prevailing orthodoxies that continue remorselessly to drive education policy and funding decisions. It remains a purposeful attempt at making something new, in and for Plymouth – a city brimming with potential and opportunity.

“The proposition is simply enough that, within and beyond the education context, making is as important as reading and writing, as science and maths. Making is the signature of our species, our mark upon the face of the earth in an age we call the Anthropocene.”

This marks the first inaugural lecture from Arts University Plymouth since it was granted full university status in May 2022, becoming the city of Plymouth’s only dedicated arts university. The lecture will feature an opportunity for questions and discussion afterwards, hosted by Professor Stephen Felmingham, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of Arts University Plymouth.

The public series of lectures and events is designed to celebrate the significant milestone of a member of the Arts University Plymouth community achieving the title of Professor. These free public events give new professors an opportunity to share research and other academic achievements in their creative field, broadening the impact and value of their work, inviting collaboration and giving back to staff, students and friends of Arts University Plymouth.

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Professor Andrew Brewerton served as Principal & Chief Executive of Arts University Plymouth (then known as Plymouth College of Art) from 2010 until his retirement from the institution in 2021, following a 27-year career in Higher Education. He led the University’s 2014 transfer into the HE sector and the award of taught degree awarding powers in 2019, and under his leadership, its learning environment, campus workshop and studio facilities underwent a significant transformation. Key institutional partnerships were developed including Tate Exchange, the British Council’s Crafting Futures programme and FutureLab in Shanghai, and the university’s biennial Making Futures symposium extended to invitation editions at Beijing Design Week, at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea and in the Philippines.

A former Principal of Dartington College of Arts, and Dean of Art & Design and Professor of Glass at the University of Wolverhampton, Andrew is an English graduate of Cambridge University and from 1984 worked for a decade in glass crystal manufacturing, for five years in production at Stuart Crystal and then as head of design and development at Dartington Crystal. He has held international academic appointments at the Università dell’Aquila, Italy, as Distinguished Professor at Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, and as Visiting Professor at the School of Fine Arts at Nanjing Normal University.

Professor Brewerton was founding Chair of Governors and Director of Trustees of the Plymouth School of Creative Arts (2012-19) and has served on numerous national bodies including the National Council of Arts Council England, the Creative Industry Federation’s UK Advisory Council, and was Vice-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Initiative (PMI2) for International Education. An English graduate of the University of Cambridge, he is a poet and writer on contemporary visual art and education.