Ms Polly Macpherson
2010 Associate Professor in 3D Design
Materialspecialism Clay/Ceramics - (MA Ceramics, University of Wales)
Qualifications & background
Accredited Coach - Dynamics of Leadership Performance Coach Training, Cultural Leadership Prog. - Arts Council England, CCSkills & Museum Libraries Archives funded.
City & Guilds 7307/02 Teachers' Certificate
Preparing for business N.V.Q. 3
MA Ceramics University of Wales, Institute Cardiff
BA (Hons) 3D Design - Ceramics, University of Wolverhampton
California State University, Long Beach (Deans Honours List for Excellence)
Winner of 2010 Conference Poster Prize. Drawing Research Network Annual Conference, University of Brighton.
The Watt Memorial Trust Award (travel & academic studies)
The Watt Memorial Trust Award (travel & academic studies)
NACHE - National Association of Ceramics in Higher Education
Remit to promote and development new teaching activities and research processes.
CHEAD - Council Higher Education in Art & Design - 3D Design with specialist interest in the areas of making of knowledge, the making of objects/artifacts and knowledge transfer.
ADM-HEA - Member of the Higher Education Academy
CAN - Craft Action Network
GLAD - Group for Learning in Art & Design
DRN - Drawing Research Network
Roles on external bodies
Craft Council Hot House South West coordinator 2012 http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/
Board of Trustees - The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon. http://www.crafts.org.uk/
The inventing, creating, manufacturing, constructing, building, producing, designing and making of objects and artefacts.
.......how things are made….how things can be made better…
Staff serving as external examiners
2012+ External Examiner, University of Ulster: MFA Multidisciplinary Design
2012+ ExternalExaminer, Liverpool Hope University: Design BDes (Hons)
2013 External Examiner, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts -Singapore: BA (hons) Fine Art, Graphic Design and 3D Design New Practice Validated by Loughborough University.
2011-13 External Examiner, Loughborough University: BA (hons)3D Design New Practice
MAPPING - JOURNEY - MOVEMENT
My research comes under the themes of Mapping, Journey and Movement.
UoP Research group membershipCulture, Theory, Space
Land/Water and the Visual Arts
Creative practice & artistic projects
The primary aim of thisproject was to develop a small number of prototype objects to be used byvisitors to the National Trust property Castle Drogo so to enhance the visiting experience.
The project has had to be re-developed with the new emphasise of enhancing the visiting experience whilst the building renovations are happening. It is estimated that the building work will take at least 5 years to complete.
Artistin Residency - The Devon & Exeter Institute, Exeter
- ‘Cupola’ Film showing, Pairings conference,Manchester Met. Uni. - May '11
- Presenting 'THE BACKS', exhibition atThe Devon & Exeter Institution, Exeter - Dec. '10
- Academic Paper ‘Reading THE BACKS’,Creativity & Place conference, Exeter University, Geography Department - June '10
- ‘Cupola’ Film Spacex Contemporary ArtGallery, Film Spring Screen’10 - April'10
- ‘Cabinet’, Peninsula Arts Gallery,Plymouth - Exhibition May '11
- Work in Progress Exhibition &Screening, The Devon and Exeter Institution, Exeter. Exhibition Dec. '10
- Drawing Research Network AnnualConference “Observation, Mapping, Dialogue "Poster University of Brighton- Winner of 2010 Conference Poster Prize - Exhibition Sept.'10
- Ambulation Exhibition, PlymouthArts Centre
- Renewal & Regeneration’, ThelmaHulbert Gallery - Exhibition July '10
- The Purpose of Drawing, The CubeGallery - Exhibition June '10
'Reading THE BACKS' ISBN-13: 978-0-9569695-0-7 TheBacks Index
This publication discusses thecreative activities and processes describing the phenomenological readingof a library as a space of knowledge.
Other academic activities
Plymouth University Complaint & Appeals Board
Peninsula Arts operates from within the Faculty of Arts and serves as the Arts and Culture programming organisation for the University of Plymouth. The year-round public programme includes exhibitions, music, film, talks and performing arts. Its aim is to provide a prestigious and wide-ranging series of events that opens up the arts and university to the people of Plymouth, the South West and visitors to the region.
Plymouth Award Management Group
This scheme recognises the extra-curricular achievements of students graduating from the University of Plymouth.
3D Design Visiting Lecturing Programmer
The programme bringing to Plymouth national & international speakers including sculptor Peter Randall-Page, Jolyn Brewis (Partner of Sir Nicolas Grimshaw Ass.), Alastair Fuad-Luke (sustainable design facilitator), Karoline Newman (Articulate Communication), Andrea Stemmer (Designer to HEALS), and Janet Stoyle MBE (Textile Artist).
-Peter Randall-Page“…It was an innovative idea to invite us both to talk together, the event was extremely well organised with a full house of interested students who asked intelligent and pertinent questions. A total success from my point of view.”,
-Jolyn Brewis (Eden Project, Managing Partner of Sir Nicolas Grimshaw As’tes.)
“I have given talks in many academic and public institutions both in the UK and abroad; my visit to Plymouth was amongst the most enjoyable, and the most informative for me. I am grateful to Polly for making it so."
UPC/University Link Academic Advisor
The University of Plymouth Colleges (UPC) network is a partnership between the University of Plymouth and local colleges that brings degrees to local doorsteps. Academics working at the University work as critical friends for validation and assessment.
3D Design - Plymouth University
MA Design - Plymouth University