Walking, Talking, Snapping and Thinking with Sarah Connolly from Avon Stories.

On 27th July I went for a 4 hour walk and talk with my good friend (and former student) Sarah Connolly, who runs the Avon Stories project, which sees her interview various artists, historians and other interested people about their connections with the river.  This wasn’t an official Avon Stories walk, and I wasn’t being

Of crossed arms and the mortar board

By Dr Shawn Sobers, 20.7.2017 Associate Professor – Lens Based Media, University of the West of England, Bristol Twitter @shawnsobers   Graduation season this year for me coincided with funeral season for my family. Last Friday, in the morning I was giving out certificates celebrating the achievements of children I did not know for a

My Views: Teaching, Learning and Research in Creative Arts education

My colleague Angus Fraser asked me to fill out a questionnaire for a paper he is writing.  As I like to recycle and re-connect content, I’ve pasted my answers below.  All the views are my own and not my employers or departments. ============= QUESTIONNAIRE BY ANGUS FRASER NAME: Dr Shawn Sobers         

Anecdote of media’s domino-effect impact on a child

This morning on a lazy Sunday, watching ‘Good Luck Charlie‘ on the Disney Channel with my 9 year old daughter, two of the characters talked about a game of chess.  My daughter then said to me, ‘Let’s play chess’, and promptly got out the dusty multi-games compendium from its hiding place, leaving the remainder of

Nothing Matters Everything Matters (my new film with Tim Andrews)

Please see my new film ‘Nothing Matters Everything Matters’. Something happened to set Tim Andrews on a different path. Formerly a lawyer, he has dedicated himself to portrait photography, having been photographed by over 240 artists for his ‘Over The Hill’ project. Deviating from photography, I pitched an idea for a short film, which he accepted

Chapter in new book ‘Slavery and the British Country House’

Proud to see this book arrive, ‘Slavery and the British Country House’, published by English Heritage, which includes a chapter by me and Rob Mitchell. Book edited by Madge Dresser. The book is full of insights into how the finances from the slave trade built the aristocracy and the legacies still visible in the British landscape. Link