Maria Kilfoil is the manager of the new Grenfell Makerspace, and is just setting up the space in the Arts and Science Building, here on campus. A physicist and long-time maker, Maria is bringing really energy and excitement to this initiative and has lots of plans to extend out into the community here and across the region.
Getting these tools into the hands of artists, craftspeople, inventors, creators, students – it’s pretty exciting and bound to be disruptive in the best possible way. This also connects back, I think, with a discussion around design and design thinking, and links kind of nicely with the chat I had with Renate Pohl, last time. It was great to talk to Maria about some of this – in fact, don’t think we really got through half of what we could talk about, so look out for part 2 of this conversation, maybe when the makerspace is fully operational!
The Grenfell Makerspace is under the umbrella of the Navigate Small Business Centre, a joint program between Grenfell and College of the North Atlantic, and you can find more on that here.
Crystal Rose, Public Services Librarian at the Ferris Hodgett Library and Cameron Forbes, Assistant Professor at Grenfell’s Visual Arts Program, joined me to talk about the “Art + Feminism” Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon that happened recently here on campus.
Did you know that less than 10% of Wikipedia editors are women? Neither did I. The Art+Feminism campaign is trying to correct this imbalance, and we had a fascinating conversation about Wikipedia, the representation of artists, particularly female (trans and cis) artists here in Newfoundland, and the construction of our online narrative.
The Art + Feminism movement is running Edit-A-Thons internationally, and you can find out more about what that’s all about here.
The Ferris Hodgett Library is, in many ways, the heart and soul of Grenfell Campus and in addition to being a top-notch university library, host an amazing number of events, like this one, throughout the year.
Cameron Forbes has just recently joined the faculty of the visual arts program, you can find out more about Cameron here, and the Visual Arts Program is right here.
A milestone! Well, five episodes is something, right?
If you live in the Corner Brook area you may have had the opportunity to see “The Lady of the Falls” a new show by Tara Manuel (and featuring the stunning work of Michael Rigler, Louise Gauthier, and Adam Brake – under the direction of Michael Waller) at the Arts and Culture Centre recently. Tara is a deeply convicted artist who has has spent the last decade developing a puppet theatre here in the region. I’m really grateful that she could take the time to talk to me and, as I think you’ll hear, her dedication, determination, and passion are inspirational.
Tara also mentions that the recent production was a workshop, a testing out of the story and the techniques involved in bringing the show to life. So, here’s hoping that we all have the chance to see the show again – I’m really looking forward to the next iteration!
ps. As I’ve mentioned before, this recording a podcast business is all very new to me. It’s great fun, but the learning curve is steep! So, you may notice some clips and distortion – I’m struggling with recording levels, and think it’s getting solidly better, but I do apologize if you notice any audio hiccups this time around!