Arts@Work: Converting Degrees into Careers

A challenge that besets many idealistic arts and humanities graduates is how to translate their degrees into real working careers. How does a talent for creative writing blossom into becoming a playwright, or a passion for reading into organising a literary festival? To help address these quandaries, King’s College London’s English Department, the Film Studies Department with the help of the Careers and Employability Service and a special grant from the College Teaching Fund, offered a two day careers workshop entitled Arts@Work, running from 28th-29th June 2012. Its aim was to use interviews, talks and workshops to give students the chance to quiz a range of arts professionals on how to use their degrees in future careers. Continue reading

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What’s happening at this year’s Festival?

We are delighted to announce some of the exciting events taking place at this year’s festival…

Michael Morpurgo and Maggie Fergusson will discuss ‘The Spoils of War’. Will Self and Patrick Wright will examine contemporary society, and the notion of a shrinking England. Arts group Lone Twin will be ‘mooring’ their extraordinary Boat Project in the Strand Quad for its London premiere, which will include talks by the artists about the stories behind the boat, and a concert.

Simon McBurney of Complicite theatre company and writer Lisa Appignanesi will discuss the Brain and the Mind with experts in neuroscience and philosophy of mind. The Guardian’s Charlotte Higgins will discuss ‘Fakes, Mistakes & Fantasies in Roman Britain’. There will also be a virtual tour of the Strandlines project, featuring its ‘Cabinet of Artists’. Crime writer Jim Kelly will discuss transforming landscapes.

There will be concerts including a performance by The Opera Group, and a world premiere of new work by King’s composer Silvina Milstein, performed by Lontano. One evening will include ‘Theatre by the Hour’ performances.

The Festival also features events on Feminism; Proust’s Magic Lantern; the conversion of the Emperor Constantine; how art and neuroscience represent auditory hallucinations; the transformation of film from celluloid to digital; Religion in American Politics; the controversial Christian Gospel of Marcion; the use of digital technology to reconstruct lost architecture; William Blake’s spiritual city; the graffiti of the Arab Spring; and many more.

The full programme for the festival, which runs from 13th – 27th October, will be available on the website soon – watch this space!

The Arts & Humanities Festival 2012

The Arts & Humanities Festival 2012 will explore the theme of Metamorphoses: Transformations and Conversions in the Arts & Humanities across an immense time-span, from antiquity to the present.

October 2012 marks the 1700th anniversary of a momentous transformation that changed the course of history, when the Roman Emperor Constantine I was said to have converted to Christianity at the Battle of Milvian Bridge.

Besides touching on religious themes of conversion and transfiguration, the 2012 Arts & Humanities Festival will also mark a more tangible conversion: the College’s renovation of the East Wing of Somerset House, including its magnificent new cultural spaces of the Inigo Rooms, where some of the events will take place.

Metamorphoses are the mysterious changes that have inspired awe, wonder, and terror in the arts and sciences: caterpillars transforming into butterflies; Classical gods turning men and women into plants; even the shape-shifting of science fiction aliens.

Metamorphoses have appeared as themes in art and culture, from Ovid to Kafka and beyond. But they are also the processes of change essential to the Arts and Humanities: the energies and evolutions without which stories, paintings, theatre, films, or poems would be impossible.

In a time of massive change in education, we also want to use the theme to explore how the arts and humanities are themselves changing, in response to new technologies, new funding regimes for teaching and research, and new forms of knowledge and knowledge-exchange.

The Arts & Humanities Festival at King’s College London runs for two weeks from 15 to 27 October 2012.