The University of Greenwich is using its Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts to connect local communities with its teaching and research.
Greenwich has long inspired people to think about the relationship of place to time. The site of the university straddles the Meridian and occupies architecture that brings past and present into the same frame. From Wren’s Naval Hospital to the university’s new arts and architecture facility in Stockwell Street, time is encountered in many guises.
The Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts (CPDA) has taken this opportunity to establish creative partnerships with a spectrum of local partners in reflective investigation of time, and to build a community around this process.
For example, the project Paper Cities (2016) involved a video installation (pictured) created with pupils from James Wolfe Primary School in Greenwich. This project engaged local school children and teachers with digital film production technologies while exploring how communities change and develop.
It was part of an Arts Council sponsored project, run in partnership with Emergency Exit Arts (EEA), and designed to introduce the Greenwich community to the new neighbour on the block: the university’s new building and facilities in Stockwell Street as well as the creative and academic work that takes place there.