Richmond Hosts a successful first ‘Update TV Skills’ Symposium (22th April 2017)

Richmond held its first ‘Update TV Skills’ symposium on 22 April 2017 at the University’s Kensington Campus, focusing on the latest professional techniques across a changing media landscape.

The well-attended event saw around 60 delegates attend, including faculty, current students and industry professionals. The day began with a welcome from Dr Alex Seago, Richmond’s Dean of Communications, The Arts and Social Sciences and Dan Cherowbrier, Chair of the Royal Television Society’s London Centre before moving onto a series of speaker’s panels and workshops.

The various sessions throughout the day included contributions from Rowan de Pomerai (Head of Flex Digital, Ooyala), Ken Blakeslee (Chairman, WeMobility Ventures), Claire Winyard (Lead Director, Death in Paradise Season 6), Bill Anderson (Chair, Directors UK Fiction Committee), Deirdre Mulcahy (Video Journalism Trainer, BBC Academy), Kristin Mason (Freelance Broadcast Consultant), Muki Kulhan (Executive Digital Producer, Muki International), Kate Kinninmont MBE (CEO, Women in Film & TV UK), Amy Walker (Founder, Media Parents) and Kate Cheeseman (Freelance film and TV Director).

Following closing remarks, delegates and speakers enjoyed the chance to network and discuss the various industry questions raised throughout the day over a few classes of Prosecco.

The symposium was produced by Assistant Professor of Communications and Visual Cultures Dr Nicola Mann and Student Body President Damien Ashton-Wellman in partnership with Terry Marsh from the RTS London Centre, BBC Academy, Women in Film & TV UK and Ooyala.

Update TV Skills forms part of an ongoing partnership between Richmond and the RTS London Centre, launched in 2016 by students and faculty in the School of Communications, Arts and Social Sciences. The partnership utilises joint symposiums, industry panels and student mentoring opportunities for enriching the study of communications at Richmond.

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Richmond ALUM and Professor of the summer British Fantasy class shortlisted for major new literary award

The novel Central Station by Lavie Tidhar, a Richmond alum and former HISTORY major, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award. The annual award is given for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom in the previous year. Central Station, an international and interstellar epic set at a space station in Tel Aviv, has received numerous accolades, including “Best of” selections by the Guardian, National Public Radio, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kirkus, Locus,  and Bestselling author Warren Ellis (Gun Machine) described the novel as “all of science fiction distilled into a single book.” Lavie has previously received the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Awards. He will be teaching Richmond’s own British Fantasy class this summer.


In Memory of Sandy Petrek

We are sad to announce the death of Sandra L. Petrek, the widow of Dr William J. Petrek, Richmond’s first President who served from January 1980 until December 1992.
Education was a constant source of joy throughout Sandra’s life and she was very active in supporting her husband in his role as President. In addition to her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she had many certifications and while at Richmond gained further certification from the London Montessori Institute where she later became the Vice President. We send our condolences to the family of Sandra and William Petrek, remembering especially their daughter Michele an alumna of the University.


Instagram and the Art Market Event

On Tuesday morning, students on the Working in the Art World Course developed and delivered a professionally focused event looking at the impact of Social Media on the Art Market. Working with their Professor, Dr Oonagh Murphy, the students attended events across London, read widely and networked with a range of galleries and auction houses to create a provocative and engaging event format.

For their event, titled ‘Digital Provocations’, Penny Bear from White Cube Gallery, Christopher Shake from The Unit London and Charlotte Adlard from Phillips de Pury were invited to respond to 10 digital provocations exploring the impact of Social Media on sales, curatorial decisions and finding new artists. The panelists were frank and honest in their responses and provided students with insights into life in an Auction House, Gallery, and Art Start Up. Students from the MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating, alongside a number of Professors attended the event and contributed to a lively discussion over coffee and croissants.

This event formed part of the students final assessment for their Working in the Art World Class, other assignments included developing their own professional webpage and writing a state of the arts paper on an area of the art world they aspire to work in.

The students who managed the Digital Provocations event are:

  • Hind Ahmed
  • Kylie Flynn
  • Kim Jonsson
  • Christina Minasova
  • Isabella Muccino
  • Courtney Rhodes
  • Tamara Scandar
  • Rachel Schauer
  • Erica Somerson
  • Olivia Spratt

This is the first time the Working in the Art World course has been delivered at Richmond and alongside a core requirement for Art History and Visual Culture Majors has also proven to be a popular choice for study abroad and AIFS Students. This course has been designed to provide students with an insight into the diverse jobs available to them upon graduation. Through collaborative working, project management, budget management and speaker management, students gain a real sense of ownership over their live class project, and valuable event experience to add to their resumes.

digital provocations

Professor George Xinsheng Zhang

Professor George X Zhang recently spoke on Chinese language standards and language teaching in Rome

Richmond Professor George X Zhang was invited to give a talk on Chinese language competence framework and teaching of Chinese for a professional development programme organised by the Confucius Institute based at La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy between 6 and 7 April. About eighty participants from Italy and neighbouring countries attended the programme. The European Association of Chinese Teaching (EACT), of which Professor Zhang is a vice president responsible for the professional development of its members, was an institutional partner for the programme. For more details please click here.

Dr Oonagh Murphy

Dr Oonagh Murphy becomes a Museums Association Transformer

transformrs radical change in museumsTransformers: Influence is a Museums Association professional development and advocacy network for people who believe in the social power of museums and who want to learn more about developing active partnerships within their communities, with the ambition of affecting the museum sector more widely. After a competitive application process, Dr Murphy has been invited to participate in this network alongside staff from Tate, V&A, Courtauld Institute, Historic Royal Palaces and the National Trust.

Participants on this scheme will come away with ideas and practical tools to develop their own practice and how to initiate steps towards change. Dr Murphy will channel her learning’s from this into her research, teaching and consultancy work.

Dr Murphy is Convenor of the MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating, and also teaches professional practice on the Art History and Visual Culture BA at Richmond.

Dr Robert J. Wallis

Dr. Robert J. Wallis published on Anglo-Saxon Falconry in The Archaeological Journal of The Royal Archaeological Institute

As the Falcon Her Bells’ at Sutton Hoo? Falconry in Early Anglo-Saxon England. Archaeological Journal of The Royal Archaeological Institute: 1-28 (2017)

 Dr. Robert J. Wallis is interested in the art and archaeology of falconry. Having set the record straight on recent debates over falconry in prehistoric Britain (published in the journal ‘Antiquity’, 2014) and the origins of falconry in West Asia (see ‘The Falconer’ 2015), he has most recently been examining the earliest evidence for falconry in England. His latest article, just published in ‘The Archaeological Journal’ of The Royal Archaeological Institute considers the early Anglo-Saxon data, consisting of the faunal remains of possible falconry birds and their quarry, the important role of raptors in art and finds of small copper-alloy bells, including one from Sutton Hoo, which may have been used in falconry equipment. He argues that a persuasive case can be made for the introduction of falconry from Scandinavia to East Anglia around the late sixth to early seventh century and that falconry may have played an important social role in this emerging kingdom

Dr Oonagh Murphy

Working in the Art World: Professional Practice Reimagined

working in the art world professional practice reimaginedOn the 6th of April 2017, Dr Oonagh Murphy presented the Richmond approach to teaching professional practice to fellow academics at the GLAD Conference at Manchester School of Art. The presentation outlined how we help our students graduate as confident, professionally literate and ‘employable’ creative professionals.

Working in the Art World

For the first time in 2017 we delivered a course called ‘Working in the Art World’ for final year BA Art History and Visual Culture Students. This module has been developed to provide students with an insight into the diverse jobs available to them upon graduation. The aim of this course is to provide students with professional literacies that allow them to write an application form, fill in a funding application or write a business plan. This is a formal taught programme which has been shaped through our experience designing a professionally focused wrap around offer for students on the MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating which we call the ‘Professional Practice Exchange’.

Professional Practice Exchange

The emphasis on our MA wrap around offer, which sits alongside our taught modules is on the core day to day skills and practices from writing emails to dealing with health and safety that creatives from curators to festival managers our responsible for. Through a range of guest speakers, practical workshops and site visits, students learn about risk registers, child protection, and writing for a range of audiences, pitching for funding, interpreting and applying arts policy documents, strategic management and developing communities of practice. Rather than asking visiting professionals to talk about their creative practice or curatorial vision we ask that they talk about their daily, weekly and monthly work flow. Something which helps students to identify appropriate career paths at an early stage, and allows them to identify key skills which they can then be supported in developing over the course of the MA programme. For some students this will be learning specific software packages for others it will be getting work published before graduation. The focus on skills rather than vision, is something that we have found to be extremely valuable for our students.