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New media, art and design research centre launched


Photo: Electro-etching work by Don Braisby

March 4, 2015

A study into the impact viewing paintings can have on people living with dementia and a technique which involves using a car battery to make prints were highlighted at the launch of a new university research centre.

These are just two of the projects taking place within Glyndŵr University’s Research Centre for Media, Art and Design, which launched on Wednesday March 4.

Established with the university’s community focus at heart, members of the public will be able to attend regular, free seminars held by the centre and connect with academics to explore potential research collaborations.

Current work includes a project by student Megan Wyatt investigating how painting as an immersive experience can benefit those in North Wales living with dementia.

Don Braisby experiments in electro-etching as an artistic medium and has come up with solutions for artists to work safely in their homes using simple and safe equipment which is easily available, in the form of a car battery.

Other projects include work by electronic music composer Jon Weinel, who is exploring psychedelic culture and immersive computer technologies. He will premiere three compositions at Leeds College of Music’s ‘International Festival of Artistic Innovation’ next month.

Well-established local artist Mai Thomas is researching how collections, archives and narratives have revealed insights into Welsh culture and heritage through the production of artworks. 

Elements of Glyndŵr University’s research that falls within the Media Art and Design Centre was classed as world-leading in a recent survey of university research called the Research Excellence Framework.

Dr Susan Liggett, head of the Research Centre for Media, Art and Design, said the university hoped to build on this success and encourage more research to take place through the new centre.

“It is our ambition to produce publications, exhibitions, conferences and public seminars which will benefit both the university and the wider community,” said Susan. “The best teaching is underpinned by research.”

She added: “Media, art and design research is vitally important to society. Much of our knowledge of the world comes from how we perceive the world rather than how we quantify it and this is the sort of research we are interested in.

“A performance, an artwork or a piece of sound provides us with new ways to experience the world and gives us new understanding of what it means to be human.”

The centre will bring together areas including creative media technologies, humanities, journalism and broadcasting, theatre, television and performance, Welsh and art and design.

It will be developed through three eminent Professors; Professor Rae Earnshaw in the area of computing and informatics, Shakespeare scholar Professor John Drakakis and internationally significant painter Professor Estelle Thompson in art and design.

For more information on the centre or research opportunities email Susan Liggett,

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