Retroactive Roundup: MA trip.

15 11 2008

Retroactive Roundup is a series of articles covring events from my recent or distant past which have relevence to my year of study. You’ll be noticing a lot of these in the coming weeks, as I recap the first 2 months of the MA. – Walsh

A Grand Day out, so to speak.
Splitting into groups and (for us nottinghamites) playing tour guide to the international students for the day.

After the Brewhouse yard and the skymirror, I can’t really say I was feeling the interest too much. Outside of an oppertunity to socialise with my new mates, I was just retreading Nottingham for the umpteenth time.

At the NAE though, my ears started to perk up a bit.

Newly opened, the new art exchange was exciting and new, with some decent quality artwork on display;


What did really strike me though, was the theme of the exhibition, “Black art” (or something to the same effect). I hate these terminologies,  “black this” “black that”, “white this”, “white that”.

Whilst I realise that it is important to recognise the contributions of different ethnic groups in art and design, I would of thought the content and style of their work would be enough of a clue to that, without having to slap the word “black” or “white” or “insert ethnic group here” on the front of it.

To me, it’s terms like this that subconciously drive segregation. Categorising creative output by race seems counter collaborative and accidentally defiant of any other ethnic groups contributions to the the genre.

Yes, it’s important to have and to cherish art with different flavours and backgrounds, but they should be side by side, basking in comparison and similarity, echoing the world we live in.

On the  quality of the work itself, most was interesting, some brilliant – the chalkboard sound installation piece in particular.

But for me, being the illustrator I am, the highlight of the place (and the day) was wandering outside and encountering a fantastic graff’ wall by the local “oxygen thieves”;

Graff wall


World 1-1

15 11 2008

Welcome to the Reflective Journal Blog of James Walsh.

That’d be me then.

Excitable game paraphenalia


First, the formalities;

James Walsh
Born in Bradford
Studying in Nottingham.

Wait, Studying? Not one of those scummy students? surely?
Yes actually, a student of 4 years. A 3 year (BA hons) Graphic Design degree already under my belt, and I’m currently studying MA illustration at Nottingham Trent University.

Which brings us nicely to this blog.

So, what’s it all about?

This is my reflective journal, it’s intended to be a record of events throughout my year of MA study, things I see and visit, people I talk to, work I do. All these things will be featured here.

But it’s more than that, it’s not just a list of experiences and happenings, the clue is in the title, Reflective Blog.

It’s where i’ll be listing my musings on all these things, my reactions and my oppinions, both to outside influences and to my own work.