30 July, 2014
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A selection of collaborative picture postcards jointly created by students from four drawing classes of the Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University and four artist-collaborators was exhibited at the Gallery Rostrum in Malmö, Sweden. An opening ceremony was held on 6 June, during which Prof Carol Archer, Assistant Professor of Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University explained the process of collaborative postcard making and showed a video of interviews with the participating students to the audience.

The selected postcards were collaboratively drawn by students from four drawing classes, who participated in a larger collaborative postcard project entitled “Postcards between Friends”. The book Between: Collaborative haiku and picture postcards, which captured some of their works, was published in February. Twenty-five copies of the book including an essay which explains the ideas that inform this particular kind of research and pedagogy were distributed during the exhibition.

In addition to officiating at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, Prof Archer had also given a presentation and run a practical workshop for some art education students from Malmö Hogskola (Malmö University), encouraging them to do some collaborative drawing so they had hands-on experience of the process discussed.

From 14 June to 23 July, Prof Archer was granted artist residency in Kunstnarhuset Messen (arthouse), west Norway, where she gave two talks on her art practice, research and the relationship of both to her teaching. About 15 copies of Between were also distributed to the attendees.

Back on Lingnan campus, an exhibition entitled “Postcards Between Friends: Collaborative Drawing and Creativity Pedagogy”, documenting the entire project, will be held from 1 November to 25 December. The opening ceremony is scheduled on 4 November.