Engage // Explore // Imagine
12 May – 9 June 2017

Sir John Hegarty:
‘Sitting on a bean bag doesn’t make you creative’

Creativity isn’t an occupation. It’s a preoccupation. It invents, perfects and defines our world. It explains and entertains us. But what drives creativity? Inspires it? Sustains it? In this talk from of one the world’s most famous advertising creatives, Sir John Hegarty will discuss a range of brilliant and provocative insights into creativity and the creative process.

After the talk, Sir John will be signing copies of his latest book ‘Hegarty on Creativity – there are no rules’.

Creative Strategies for Graduate Success

What does it take to succeed in a competitive employment market in the creative arts? A series of practitioner-led presentations will help unlock the secrets.

Science + Creativity = History and Heritage

The event will bring together four projects taking place in the school that make creative use of scientific techniques and instruments to inform our understanding of the past. Through 4 introductory talks we shall look at fingerprints and forensics in medieval England, digital conservation and the possibilities offered by virtual/augmented reality, measuring the impact of climate change on historic monuments, and the analysis of ancient glass on the Silk Road and of wallpaper and paint in modern heritage sites.
Making medieval wax and seals
10 – 11am and 1pm – 2pm

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Impressions of seal matrices in disks of wax, deliberately preserved with their parent documents as part of the legal and administrative process of authentication, survive in great numbers in British archives. Since, by the later thirteenth century, seals came to be used by almost all levels of society, the imagery and wording on seals, along with sealing practices and techniques, offer great potential for historical research. The back of the wax on which seal impressions are found often retains the image of unique hand prints (finger, thumb or palm) but although sometimes commented upon these have, until now, been neglected as a source of information. But whose prints are they? Investigating this involves not just using forensic techniques to look at the prints but thinking about the way sealing was performed.
This activity will demonstrate making coloured wax to medieval recipes and using that to create seal impressions from medieval matrices.

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A study of early vitreous materials from Eastern Mediterranean to Central Eurasia
11am – 11.30am and 2pm – 2.30pm

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The Silk Road is a network of routes connecting different cultures and civilisations from East to West for over than two millennia. Glass is a human-manufactured material that was being produced and exchanged since the second millennium BC. By characterising the chemical signature of glass it is possible to determine how and where glass was primarily produced and further identify glass production centres and trade relationships. This workshop will show how scientific analysis can aid our understanding of glassmaking technology: how glass was produced, how it was coloured, what raw materials were used, and how glass was traded and exchanged looking at similarities and differences on the various regional chemical compositions.

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The use of integrated Imaging techniques for the investigation of mural paintings
11.30am – 12pm and 2.30pm – 3pm

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The workshop will examine how digital imaging techniques can be used to examine and assess the technology and condition of mural paintings. Case studies will demonstrate how techniques such as Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and multispectral imaging provide visual details than can enhance our understanding of the artists techniques and inform the decisions on long-term preventive measures.

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Implications of climate change for the conservation of cultural heritage
12pm – 1pm and 3pm – 4pm

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The workshop will look at how stone samples are being used to monitor weathering on heritage sites and demonstrate the equipment used to make colour and surface roughness measurements.

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Creative Processes in Online Collaboration

OnCreate Symposium in conjunction with co_LAB
Keynote: Tom Roope, Creative Lead at Google

Tom Roope co-founded Anitrom and is an Honorary Royal Designer for Industry. He is in the BIMA Digital Hall of Fame and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Lincoln in 2015. OnCreate explores the exchange, implementation and evaluation of processual and contextual knowledge of online collaborative courses with focus on creation and innovation.

Prof. Richard Coyne:
‘Melancholy and the creative outsider’

Melancholy is in the company of long-distance travel, affective ambivalence, self-reflection and irony. It has been described as a meta-mood, and the mood against which others might be compared. I draw on lm, art, mobile communications, digital photography and emerging social media practices to reinforce some cultural connections between melancholy and creativity.

‘I’m MAD as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore’ – Creatively Making A Difference

Bringing together thinkers, designers, technologists and entrepreneurs, this workshop will explore different ways for creativity to become social innovation and will initiate a new opportunity for student creative innovation.

Creating a Competitive Edge Using Digital Design Technologies: Designblok

See how Designblok, part of the Lincolnshire Technology Hubs, can provide support with innovation, design and new product development. Each of the Hubs works with a broad range of industry sectors providing expertise and advice to make the most out of new technologies that includes 3D printing, 3D scanning, virtual and augmented reality, motion capture systems, high speed cameras and digital fabrication tools.

The Hubs use their expertise to help business solve practical and strategic development problems; to test new ideas, add value, distinctiveness and enable business to produce new and original products. The Hubs will also explain how they can offer eligible SME’s free access to advice, new technologies and funding to support innovation and product development.

Shaun Cole:
‘Bright shirts & bright ideas – exploring creativity’

Bright ideas come from many places not just bright shirts! It’s all about opening your mind to new possibilities and unlocking your potential. Surround yourself with inspirational things and people: that’s how it all starts.

Creativity is all around you every day, you just have to tap into it to be inspired and then do something amazing with what you find.

Shaun Cole is co-founder of Born Agency.