Community Arts students have hit the ground running in the first week of the new academic year with a collaborative workshop at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).

Now in its second year, the ‘Introduction to Community Arts Practice: modes, methods and meanings’ course is open to students on postgraduate programmes across ECA and the wider University of Edinburgh community, bringing together learners from very diverse disciplines.

In the first interactive lecture of this year’s 11-week programme, the students were tasked with using a newspaper as the starting point for collaboration.

Course leader, Dee Isaacs, comments: “Finding connections through the fundamental elements of artistic experience, and in spite of differences of culture and art form, they produced something collectively that made sense!”

Learning how to communicate effectively between, and across, different art forms

Community Arts is a fast-evolving and developing discipline which, at its core, is 'engagement for all'.

Our ‘Introduction to Community Arts Practice’ course encourages students to think about how their individual practice maps onto the wider discourse, politics, history and practices of arts outside the academy, including through participation in projects where ideas are collectively conceived.

The course is led by Dee Isaacs, Programme Director of the BMus (Hons) programme at ECA and leader of our award-winning work on Music in the Community which, in the last year, has seen students work with primary schools in Edinburgh and The Gambia, and refugee children in Greece.

Visiting practitioners on the course have included multi-sensory storyteller, Ailie Finlay, Simon Hart (Artistic Director of Puppet Animation Scotland), and composer / conductor, Brian Irvine. 

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