Reflective Dialogues

Pernille Holm-Mercer - Photograph by Clifford GabbClifford Gabb - Photograph by Pernille Holm-Mercer

Reflective Dialogues

13.11.2013 – 20.12.2013

Reflective Dialogues is the final event of an LSIS (Learning and Skills Improvement Service) funded Leadership with Technology Project which ran between August 2012 – March 2013.  The project recruited 10 Art and Design practitioners from 5 London ACL providers to pilot online learning technology.

Paul Kemp- Photograph by Dean BrannaganDean Brannagan - Photograph by Paul Kemp

The exhibition take the dialogue between practitioner and student as its starting point as well as recognising the tutors’ personal and creative practice outside teaching.  Practitioners were asked to produce an individual portrait of one of their students and ask a student to produce a portrait of them.  The two works are displayed in the exhibition as paired images to extend the dialogue between practitioner and student visually.  Works have been produced both seperately and through more collaborative processes.

Gill Webb - Photograph by Lucy WinterLucy Winter - Photograph by Gill Webb

The project management team thanks all the practitioners and student who participated in the pilot and gave up their time to feedback on their experience of using new technology.

Laurence Elliott – Leadership with Technology Project Manager

Dave Thomas - Photograph by Kim LucasKim Lucas - Photograph by Dave Thomas

‘Reflection in a key part of learning, whether looking back – at what we have experienced, or looking inward – at what is going on inside.  These actions lead to greater understanding, because they give us a sense of perspective.

Gillian Burton - Photograph by Esther PaulEsther Paul - Photograph by Gillian Burton

Collaboration requires an exchange of perspectives, embraces the insights of others, and should sharpen our focus.  This project is about the learning converation – whether between the student and the tutor – the tutor oand the college – or between the colleges themselves.  These actions lead to better education, because they give us co-operative vision.’

Victor Dejean – Leadership with Technology Project Advisor

About ruskingallery

The Ruskin Gallery is located at the Working Men's College in Camden. Ruskin Gallery is a contemporary gallery located in the historic building of Working Men’s College in Camden. In addition to providing students the opportunity to show at a professional level, the exhibition programme at Ruskin Gallery involves inviting external artists for site specific projects. The Ruskin Gallery is run by curator Esther Windsor, who is a curator, artist and writer living and working in London. Working Men’s College (WMC), the oldest surviving adult education institute in Europe, was founded in 1854 and was associated with the Cooperative Movement and the Christian Socialists, stemming, from the same tradition that led later to the Worker’s Educational Association. The Working Women’s College, founded 10 years later in 1864, finally merged with WMC in 1967. Early supporters of both have included F D Maurice, John Stuart Mill, Tom Hughes, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, Ford Maddox Brown, Walter de la Mare and Octavia Hill. Originally based in Red Lion Street, we have been in this listed building in Camden Town since 1905. We have continued to develop the tradition of liberal education and today the College serves the whole community, with women, unemployed and refugee students forming the majority of the student body. We have grown rapidly in recent years but are still small enough to know all our students and to respond to their individual needs. WMC was designated as a Specialist Designated Institution (SDI) under the 1992 Further Education Act.