Creative Lives talks – 27th April – Dena Bagi

Our School of Art and Design Creative Lives talks offer many examples of how creative professionals live, work and thrive in the arts and creative industries. You will gain an insight into the creative process and career routes through a series of talks from local and nationally-renowned practitioners at different career stages, many of whom are University of Sunderland alumni. You’ll hear from artists, designers, makers, photographers, curators, filmmakers, and much more.

These workshops are open to all students in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, and the general public. There’s no need to book individual places, just come along on the day.

Dena Bagi In a clay pit in Italy, 2018

Dena Bagi In a clay pit in Italy, 2018

Tuesday 27th April – Dena Bagi

Dena Bagi is a researcher and gallery-based learning designer, who works closely with community members and artists to curate clay workshops, projects and learning/play spaces. She believes passionately that working with clay can have a profound effect on ‘healing’.

Dena is currently completing her collaborative PhD, Clay Works?, alongside the British Ceramics Biennial and the Crafts Council UK. She will produce a ‘clay pedagogy’ at the end of this research, which is aimed at gallery-based learning designers. The toolkit-like publication will aim to guide the curation of clay engagement for those in recovery – ultimately so that participants can positively affect their recovery by handling clay.

After a decade of leading community-based engagement programmes in galleries, Dena now works on research projects and teaches in higher education. She hopes to forge a strong research-based practice, in the area of clay and wellbeing, in the future – as well as continuing to teach.

More information about Dena’s PhD, which is funded by the AHRC and is being competed at the University of Sunderland, can be found here:

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More details about the artist and the rest of the 10 week programme of speakers and dates are available online.

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