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Posted 12.05.17

Thinking Making

By Sarah Packer
“Making comes before knowing” – Professor Andrew Brewerton

‘Thinking Making’, a new Freelands Foundation film by Henry Ward on Plymouth College of Art’s ethos of learning through making, premièred on Monday 6 February 2017 in London’s Saatchi Gallery at COLLECT, the Crafts Council’s International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects.

Presented by The Laboratory of Ideas, ‘Thinking Making’ showcased at COLLECT alongside a discussion about the film by Head of Education at Freelands Foundation, Henry Ward, Plymouth College of Art Principal, Professor Andrew Brewerton, and Crafts Council’s Head of Learning and Talent Development, Nicky Dewar.

Freelands Foundation was established in 2015 by Elisabeth Murdoch to support artists and cultural institutions, to broaden audiences for the visual arts and to enable all young people to engage actively with the creation and enjoyment of art.

‘Thinking Making’ explores making as thinking within the extraordinarily diverse ecosystem of materials, technologies and processes that characterise the learning environment at Plymouth College of Art and the ‘conversation’ between analogue and digital techniques.

‘Thinking Making’ is the second in a series of films commissioned by Freelands Foundation, following ‘West Rise, School by the Marsh’ which was released last spring.

Henry Ward said: “When I first visited Plymouth College of Art I was overwhelmed by the atmosphere and the incredible focus on making. Having visited many art schools across the country it was such a joy to walk into a building that was so evidently about creating. Plymouth College of Art isn’t ignoring concepts and ideas by emphasising making and craft skills.

"Instead, it understands that it is through an intimacy with materials and processes that we create our genuinely innovative ideas. It is focused as much on thinking as it is on making. The two are intertwined in an incredibly exciting and inspiring way. I knew that I wanted to share this, and that’s why I made this film.”

‘Thinking Making’ had its South West premiere at Plymouth Arts Centre on Monday 13 March.

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