Watch Winter School 2017: the official film


Relive the spirit of Winter School

Our new film gives you a flavour of our recent Winter School, which brought together around 100 leading international design experts, researchers and students to the GSA’s Highlands and Islands Creative Campus in Moray. 

It shows all the sights and sounds – and the people – who took part in the hugely successful event. There’s some spectacular shots of our new campus and even a bit of ceilidh dancing!

Led by InDI, Winter School is one of the highlights of the GSA’s academic calendar. The two-week programme, which runs every January, includes lectures, workshops, research and joint projects with local businesses and communities. Students and academics explore themes rooted in the local context but with global resonances.

The theme this year was Innovation from Tradition, which explores how past tradition can inspire future ways of working and, in particular, the role that design can play.

Our guest speakers travelled from across the world to take part, including Portugal, Italy, the US, India and Singapore.

Postgraduate students from the GSA’s Masters students on Design Innovation and Communication Design programmes were joined by students from Köln International School of Design (KISD) and KADK (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation). 

Winter School 2017 from The Glasgow School of Art on Vimeo.


Design Innovation student projects launched following Winter School


Sharing the results of our work

Winter School 2017 may have drawn to a close, but it is only the beginning of the journey for many of the students who took part. Student projects, which were developed at the Winter School, have now launched as part of the curriculum within the GSA’s Masters of Design Innovation Programmes.

This year’s theme is Innovation from Tradition, which explores how past tradition can inspire future ways of working, and the role that design can play.

Students will continue their studies and collaborations for the next three months around themes relating to life and work in the Highlands and Islands and Moray.

Knockando Woolmill project

Student work from the project with Knockando Woolmill. Image credit: Paul Campbell

The Winter School saw around 100 leading international design experts, researchers and students from across the world come to the GSA’s Highlands and Islands Creative Campus to frame research questions and projects relevant to the region. Students from Köln International School of Design (KISD), and KADK (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation) joined GSA students to work with local businesses and communities to develop project themes.

A host of businesses and community groups took part including:
Findhorn Bay Arts
Johnstons of Elgin
Pluscarden Abbey
Ballindalloch Distillery
Knockando Woolmill
The Altyre Estate
Piping at Forres
Forres Area Community Trust
Third Sector Interface Moray
Forsyths
The Burghead Clavie
Findhorn Foundation
Gordon & McPhail
Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere Project

Students addressed a variety of themes with local people:
– Music and the Arts
– Community and Economy
– House, Home and Hearth
– Food and Drink
– Spirituality and Belief
– Community and Economy
– History, Fantasy and Myth

Hear what Jenny Houldsworth, Culture and Communication Manager at Johnstons of Elgin, had to say about working with the students:

Why Winter School 2017 was full of “happy surprises” for one business from The Glasgow School of Art on Vimeo.

In our next blog, we’ll share two of the students project with you. Other Winter School blogs can be found here.

To read more about Winter School and our other Seasonal Schools, see our pages on InDI web.

 

Community and business representatives arrive for Winter School

Community and business representatives who worked with our Winter School students. Image credit: Paul Campbell


Winter School 2017: the final dance


Dancing into the wee hours…

One of the highlights was definitely the ceilidh on the final night. With the presentations completed, everyone’s minds turned to the meal and dancing.

With the marquee transformed into a dancefloor, things were a little slow to kick off. But soon students from all institutions were throwing themselves into the complex moves of Strip the Willow, the Gay Gordons and the Dashing White Sergeant – led by the Scottish contingent. And we enjoyed some traditional singing.

The whole of InDI was very impressed with everyone’s efforts. Learning Scottish dancing on the hoof is no mean feat.

And it is no exaggeration to say that the marquee was jumping and for many the night continued into the small hours. We hope there were not too many sore heads for the journey home.

Here’s some of the best pictures from the night and catch up with all the goings-on from the event on our blog!

Students birlin’ on the dancefloor. Image credit: Paul Campbell

ceilidh dancer

InDI staff Sneha Raman and Fergus Fullarton-Pegg take to the floor. Image credit: Paul Campbell

ceilidh kilt

Staff and students dancing the Dashing White Sergeant. Image credit: Paul Campbell

Group of people ceilidh dancing

Operations director Marianne McInnes gets in on the dancing. Image credit: Paul Campbell

ceilidh band

The ceilidh band. Image credit: Paul Campbell

ceilidh dancing

More Dashing White Sergeant. Image credit: Paul Campbell


Meet the people at Winter School 2017

Winter School is a highlight of the GSA’s annual calendar. This year, it has brought together around 100 leading design academics and students from all over the world to research and study at the GSA’s new Highlands and Islands Creative Campus.

Over two activity-filled weeks, students took part in lectures, workshops and joint research projects with local businesses and communities.

This year’s theme is Innovation from Tradition, which explores how past traditions can inspire future ways of working, and the role that design can play.

The GSA team at the Highlands and Islands Creative Campus have thoroughly enjoyed hosting such an exciting group at Winter School… And the good news is that the group have enjoyed it too! Find out what delegates at this year’s Winter School have to say about the experience:

Student Barbara Chalmers, who is on the MDES Design Innovation and Service Design programme.

View of Winter School: Barbara Chalmers from The Glasgow School of Art on Vimeo.

Student Puja Parekh, from MDES Design Innovation and Service Design, tells us about working with local companies.

Winter School 2017: “An eye-opening experience” from The Glasgow School of Art on Vimeo.

Professor Eva Brandt from the Royal Danish School of Fine Arts, School of Design (KADK), who has joined Winter School for the second year running. You can also read her blog piece here.

An international view of Winter School 2017: Professor Eva Brandt from The Glasgow School of Art on Vimeo.

From Köln International School of Design, Professor Philip Heidkamp has also attended for the second year.

An international view of Winter School 2017: Professor Philip Heidkamp from The Glasgow School of Art on Vimeo.

And last, but by no means least, Dr Gordon Hush who has led Winter School for GSA:

What to expect from InDI Winter School from The Glasgow School of Art on Vimeo.

For contact details and more information on InDI’S Design Innovation teaching programmes check out our website.