Making Connections

Project Leaders: Jasleen Kaur, Jessie Brennan

Number of participants: 30

Duration: 3 days


Together participants will develop strategies for planning and delivering workshops based on their practice. The project is suitable for students who do not have any previous experience of leading participatory workshops as well as those whose practice already includes participation or teaching in some way.

The project is structured to give students the opportunity to discuss their work and share their practice, experiences and ideas. It will also include practical activities that encourage participants to collaborate with those from other disciplines and programmes.

Here’s what participants have said about the project in previous years:

  • “The project leaders were excellent and offered a diverse background and teaching style between them. The days were filled with really creative and thought provoking activities…I loved getting to know my peers from other departments and having a great opportunity to interact with them closely.”
  • “[The best thing about participating in this project was] knowledge, experience and confidence gained, networks made, sense of purpose when leaving college increased…Fantastic!”
  • “[The best thing about participating in this project was] meeting people from different departments, visiting their studios. Doing something outside of your normal practice yet bringing what you are good at to the table.”

In addition, we are interested in putting together a panel discussion or series of short talks around the subject of creative work that involves the participation of others in various ways – considering how and why people make work that involves others, the politics and ethics of participatory work, how working in education or as a freelancer running participatory projects intersects with creative practice. This would be open to all students, as well as the project participants.



Day One: 10am – 3.30pm

The first day of the project will be spent exploring students’ approaches and methodology in their own work through a series of short practical based activities. The afternoon session will group students to devise activities for the rest of the workshop to take part in. The day will allow students to share their work and interests with each other in order to find common ground and explore how these approaches might lead to workshop methodologies.

Day Two: 10am – 3:30pm

The second day will look at learning and teaching in relation to creative practice through discussion, case studies, and collaboration in small groups. The workshop brief for the rest of the project will be set. The afternoon will be based at the V&A in small groups to devise a practical workshop to involve the rest of the group on Day Three.

Day Three: 10am – 3.30pm

On the third day, each group of students will deliver a short workshop to the rest of the group and invited guest participants at the V&A. We will finish with a group round-up and feedback.