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About Chris Millward

Currently studying for an MA in Learning and Teaching Strategies. Research interests focus on the use of Virtual Worlds as a professional practice teaching and learning tool for Art and Design students in Higher Education.

Teaching

I support students on all programmes within the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Art and Design courses. I demonstrate Art and Design processes, methods and techniques covering a range of disciplines, such as bronze casting, woodwork and metal work. I have lead Experiential Learning placements offering students the opportunity to learn and develop key skills associated with professional art practice, group work and exhibition curation, both in real world and virtual environments.

Since 2016 I have been Module leader for the Creative Arts modules that form part of the University’s Foundation year – Tools and Methods of Visual Communication & Concept in Practice in Visual Communication.

Research

My artistic practice centres on the notions of organisation, repetition and the aesthetic. I have recently received funding from the University’s Learning and Teaching Institute to research the benefits of virtual learning for Art and Design students. Using a dedicated ‘Island’ campus in Second Life, I will be delivering an Experiential Learning project that aims to promote the key and fundamental elements of professional art practice. The placement will culminate in a virtual exhibition of students’ real life artwork. The exhibition will be organised, curated and promoted by the students and will be accompanied by a website and a catalogue.

Published Work

‘Fine Art’ University of Chester BA (Hons) Final Show, 2002

Grosvenor Museum Open Art Exhibition, Chester, 2007

‘Encounter' NOVAS Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool, 2009

Untitled staff exhibition, Binks Building, Chester, 2010

‘Intro' The Cube Gallery, Manchester, 2010

‘The Conversation' Christ Church, Chester, 2010

Untitled staff exhibition, Contemporary Art Space, Chester, 2011

'In the Woods Today' Alvanley Cliff Woodland, Alvanley, 2011

'The Exchange' Neal's Yard Gallery, Chester, 2011

‘Trace’, Motorcade/Flashparade Gallery, Bristol, 2012

‘Alumni’, CASC Gallery, Chester, 2013

‘Above & Below’, Alvanley Cliff Woodland, Alvanley, 2013

‘Techne’, St George’s House, Bolton, 2014

‘The Great War’, CAN, CASC Gallery, Chester, 2014

‘The Great War’, CAN, Castle Gallery, Frodsham, 2014

‘The Great War’, CAN, Chester Cathedral, Chester, 2015

‘Slippage’, Unstable Nature of Difference, CASC Gallery, Chester, 2015

‘Here and Now’, Grosvenor Museum, Chester, 2018

‘Techne’, Grosvenor Museum, Chester, 2018

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art – Chester College (University of Liverpool), 2002
  • PGCert Learning & Teaching in H.E – University of Chester, 2009
  • MA Learning & Teaching Strategies in H.E – University of Chester, 2010-2014
  • FHEA – Fellowship of The Higher Education Academy
  • MRes Art & Design – University of Chester, 2015-2017