First Campus at Cardiff Metropolitan University recently hosted a Professional Masterclass as part of their Saturday Clubs Programme. The Art & Design and Science Clubs came together to collaborate on a multidisciplinary session to promote the vital links between Art and Science.
The masterclass was led by pioneering wheelchair designer David Constantine, co-founder of Bristol based charity Motivation. The Masterclass took place on Saturday 23rd February at the University’s Llandaff campus.
Motivation provides wheelchairs and services for disabled people in developing countries; their projects support disabled people in seven focus countries across Africa and Asia.
David Constantine, co-founder, Motivation, said: “Over a billion people in the world today have some form of disability, 80% of these people live in the developing world. In this Masterclass we hoped to get students thinking about social issues, issues around disability, other settings beyond the UK and the challenges of living in those countries. We also wanted to make them think about design for the real world at an affordable cost.”
Linda Smith, First Campus Coordinator at Cardiff Metropolitan University said: ‘’David was very generous in sharing his personal experience of disability and how it has shaped his career pathway with the group. The session highlighted the subject area of Product Design to both our Art & Design and Science Clubs and the application of ideas from both perspectives to solve the combination of design versus function problems. The group was very lucky to work with an inspiring figure within the design industry.’’
The National Saturday Clubs at Cardiff Metropolitan University are delivered in partnership with The Saturday Club Trust, a London based charity aiming to inspire future artists and scientists. It offers the opportunity for young people to attend a weekly Saturday Club in their local Higher Education institution.