The permanent contemporary art collection (1958 – 2001) at the Ferens Art Gallery was the focus for investigation in the 2008-09 semester. This collection amalgamates themes of history, sexuality, self image, identity, and questions ideas of multiculturalism, feminism, diversity. The artists use a range of modern digital media, technology, sculpture and unconventional materials to convey their wide ranging strands of research and practice. The students have created inspired new course – integrated artwork in response to this collection.
Guided by Education Project Officer Adele Howitt, the college staff embraced the project and extended the outcomes to include critical and theoretical learning journeys for Connect>Create on mylearning.org, audio responses available as MP3 downloads, multi media interpretations, sculpture, ceramics, photography and digital film.
The programme was supported by a lecture series that included talks by artists whose work is in the Ferens permanent collection of contemporary art. Visiting artists included Dalziel & Scullion, Colin Gray, Chris Debrowolski, Richard Wilson & Anne Bean.