Ms Polly Macpherson
Associate Head of School - Enterprise
School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)
ASSOCIATE HEAD OF SCHOOL – Enterprise
Polly is an Associate Head in the School Art, Design and Architecture She is leading the Enterprise & Creative Industries agenda developing Academic Excellence and External Enterprise/Creative Industries based activities.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR & AWARD LEADER
Polly is an Associate Professor in Design & Award Leader for BA(Hons) Designer Maker; one of the 3D Design exit awards.
She leads a group of internationally acclaimed practitioners who teach the thinking, inventing, designing, creating, manufacturing, constructing, building, producing and making of objects and artefacts.
M.A. - University of Wales
B.A.(Hons) - University of Wolverhampton & California State University, Long Beach
Dynamics of Leadership Performance Coach - Cultural Leadership Prog. - Arts Council England, CCSkills & MLA funded.
Automation Academic Fellow 2019 – South West Creative Technology’s Network
Conference Prize, Drawing Research Network, University of Brighton 2010
Deans Honours List for Excellence - California State University, Long Beach
The Watt Memorial Trust Award for Travel & Academic studies
Roles on external bodies
Judge – Channel 4, Kirstie’s Celebrity Craft Masters
EQ Arts Expert Reviewer - Enhancing Quality in the Arts
Judge - BBC Woman's Hour, Crafts Council and V&A Craft Prize
Creative Cultivator Advisor
Board of Trustees - The Devon Guild of Craftsmen.
Creative & Cultural Skills –Expert Advisor
Craft Council Hothouse 3, South West coordinator.
‘Get Fresh’ Exhibition sector, Emerging Designer Devon Guild of Craftsmen & Arts Council.
‘Craft+ STEM in the 21st century’, Crafts Council, Associate Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group, House of Commons
Contributor to Design Commission, Restarting Britain, Design Ed.& Growth.
Judge & selector, Contemporary Craft Festival
Consultant – Crafts Councils Higher Value: Redefining Best Practice in Crafts Graduate Support
Polly is interested in how things are made, how things can be made ethically and sustainability and how this can be taught in order to nurture individuals and develop original creative voices.
Award Leader BA(Hons) Designer Maker
The Designer Maker course (one of the 3D Design exit awards) has a reputation for producing graduates who are individual, informed and understand how to be successful in creativity and business. It offers the opportunity for individuals to be the authors of their own artefacts whether for the one-off or multiple batch production.
Graduating students have achieved a wide range of progression opportunities including exhibitions, awards and employment: RSA Ceramics Future Design, Best Young Designer – Wallpaper, Lighting Association Design Award and Independent's Top 10 Sustainable Seating.
Graduates of the award include...
Bethany Isaac - https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=Ogl_67JXvGY
James Otter - http://www.ottersurfboards.co.uk/
Josh Milton - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLcYnkb7o3A
Laura Lane - http://www.lauralane.co.uk/
Barnaby Barford - http://www.barnabybarford.co.uk/
Gavin Keightley - https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=26&v=Rzef6z4h_3A
Sophie Coiley- https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=5sQvbRzHigM
Award Leader MA Contemporary Designer Maker
Academic lead authoring MA Contemporary Designer Maker into the development of the MA Design award
Numerous External Student Engagement projects including…
Lead creative collaborations with Hole & Corner, Benchmark, Port Eliot Festival
London Craft Week collaboration with Hole & Corner, Steinway & co. – Barge house, Oxo Tower & The Chapel at House of St Barnabas, Soho, London.
LINLEY / SNOWDON Summer School
Staff serving as external examiners
Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts: MA Art & Design
Cardiff Metropolitan University: BA (Hons) Artist Designer Maker
University of Ulster: MFA Multidisciplinary Design
Liverpool Hope University: Design BDes (Hons)
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts - Singapore: BA (Hons) Fine Art, Graphic Design and 3D Design New Practice
Loughborough University: BA (Hons)3D Design New Practice
External Expert/Assessor Quinquennial Review:
Hereford College of Art, University of Wales B.A.(Hons) Blacksmithing & BA(Hons)Contemporary Applied Arts
Polly’s research and teaching are closely connected focusing around collaboration, processes of knowledge development and making.
Her current interests align with research thinking about archaeology, materiality, place and space with additional categories of Mapping, Journey and Movement; exploring the different ways in which these themes can be presented, organised and structured.
As a visual cartographer and maker she is interested in materials, in the processes of making, objects and new outcomes and how artefacts could/can be made/used to enhance and or change perceptions in or of environments and situations.
There are a variety of different ways in which she has successfully executed these ideas through the mixing of materials (concrete, clay, wood, combustibles) sound investigation & film / stills to produce objects, drawings and images.
SWCTN Fellowship - https://swctn.org.uk
Polly was awarded an Automation Academic Research Fellow with South West Creative Technology Network in April 2019 and has started exploring how automation developments are effecting the skills, creative ideas and processes of Designer Maker / Craft Practitioners in the South West. https://swctn.org.uk/automation/fellows/polly-macpherson/
The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) is a £6.5million project to expand the use of creative technologies across the south west of England. The network is offering three one-year funded programmes around the themes of Immersion, Automation and Data.
Expected outcomes to include
- the advanced understanding of automation use and its relationship with making in the South West.
- the development of new sense and sense making creative outcomes : objects/artefacts
- shared discussions, findings, new knowledge and new collaborations, Human & Robotic
Polly is the Creative Industries lead for Low Carbon Devon Project (LCD) funded by European Regional development Fund (ERDF), managed by Sustainable Earth Institute. The aim of the project is to bring together University of Plymouth researchers, the Devon low carbon and energy sector and Creative Industries in order to support the opening of a new cluster of Low carbon Creative Industries.
Urban Dialogues Network https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/urban-dialogues
For further Exhibitions, Projects, Commissions, Consultancy & Creative Industry Projects please visit www.pollymacpherson.co.uk
Creative practice & artistic projects
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Reports & invited lectures
Guest Professor in Industrial Design at Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China
Key note presentation 1st China Crafts week, Hangzhou China
Jan.- March 2011
Guest Professor in the Industrial Design Department, Faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Other academic activities
With an extensive career working in Higher Education Polly’s experience covers the delivery, development, validation and examination of courses and students at local, national and international level through to research activity and dissemination and creative industry lead projects.
As an active member of staff Polly’s current wider University responsibilities include ADA elected staff member of the Plymouth University’s Senate and member of Faculty of Arts & Humanities Advisory Board.
University Senate & Honorary Doctorate committee member, Chair of Peninsular Arts Galleries Programming Advisory Group, University of Plymouth Complaint & Appeals Board, Academic Lead for technical and making workshops, Plymouth Award Management Group, 3D Design Visiting Lecturer Programmer, UPC/University Link Academic Advisor Cornwall College, Petroc College & Truro College, Senior Management Team, Academic Promotions Board, Validations including MSc Paediatric Dietetics & MA CAP, TQA Faculty of Arts & Learning, Teaching & Research Forum