A Changed World University-Wide Make-Along

A Changed World University-Wide Make-Along

A Changed World is running a one-off, university-wide, interactive creative workshop led by UH’s very own artistic experts. This event is completely free and is open to all University of Hertfordshire members. Join us on Wednesday 18 November at 16:00 to reflect on your pandemic experiences and have a go at a new craft. Try some speed sketching, flash-fiction, or improve your selfie game. Bring a friend and meet new people – all while giving your mental health and wellbeing a boost.

Event schedule

Wednesday 18 November, 16:00 - 19:00

Chatroom with Shantel Thomas, 16:00 - 17:00

Reflect and connect with others while you consider what positive experiences you want to take away from the pandemic. Be uplifted.

Speed Sketching with Harriet Riddell, 16:00 -17:00

Grab your sharpest writing tool and learn how to rough-draw a masterpiece in minutes.

Kit list – paper and something to sketch with

Media with James Nichols, 17:15 - 18:15

Learn about lighting, video editing and become a technical whizz in less than an hour.

Kit list – a phone with a camera.

Creative writing with Stevie Kilgour, 17:15 - 18:15

Be inspired to express yourself and become the wordsmith you always knew you could be!

Kit list – writing tools and an interesting environment.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Matthew Weait, 18:15 - 19:00

Will lead us on a winddown of all our creative activity, while we share and celebrate our university-wide make-along.

Register your place

Our Speakers

Shantel Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work. This is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline which promotes social change and development, social cohesion and the empowerment and liberation of people. Shantel is passionate about student experience, particularly those of marginalised groups. She currently Co-Chairs the BAME Staff Network. With 10 years of experience working to improve the lives of children from marginalised communities and being a voice for vulnerable children in family law cases, Shantel is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in everything she does - from service provision for service users to degree attainment for black students. Shantel has published several journals and chapters on issues of social change. ‘I use my position, passion, personal and professional lived experience of discrimination and oppression to be the voice for the voiceless and represent the needs of my community using a strength-based perspective.’

Harriet Riddell is a performance textile artist, educator and Alumna of the University of Hertfordshire. Her main form of artistry is a sewing machine and freeform embroidery which she uses to create stitched portraits and live scenarios. Often stitching in challenging locations such as public markets, slums and fields, she has used solar energy, bicycle-powered batteries, and foot pedals to power her sewing machine. Harriet has exhibited her work around the world including in London, Delhi, Nairobi and Toronto. You can find a snippet of some of her marvellous adventures on A Changed World website, and find out more about her work on her InStitchYou website.

James Clifford Nichols is a Lecturer in Media in the School of Humanities who specialises in media practice. James has a background in interactive media and hyperfiction with experience in photography, online video, animation and web design. He has a keen interest in mobile media design with a focus on user experience (UX) and user interface (UI). His research considers how interactive and screen media impacts reading and his PhD focuses on how comics are read on tablet and smartphone screens. James teaches a broad range of Adobe creative packages including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD and Animate.

Stevie Kilgour is a PhD student at the University of Hertfordshire but lives in West Yorkshire where he works in teaching and with a community of Poets at the University of Leeds. His main interest is based in contemporary forms of poetry and his research is investigating working-class culture and masculinities in poetry. He has read on several national TV shows including, BBC programmes; The One Show, Sweat the Small Stuff and ITV’s Mel & Sue. He is a regular performer of poetry at showcases across the country and was a guest speaker at NYU, New York speaking about Uncreative Writing. He has had several poems published in 2020. In his spare time, he performs in a number of Thrash metal and Grindcore bands.