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Cardiff Met Students visit Marrakech, Morocco


Dr Keireine Canavan,Head of Textiles and Principal Lecturer, Professor David Ferry, Head and Professor of Printmaking, and Sally Grant, Senior Lecture in Textiles/Fashion, travelled to Marrakech in Morocco with 29 Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD) students for an Art and Design ‘Global Cultural Collaboration’ field trip, which was supported by the International Office under the Outward Mobility platform.

Students at work at Medersa Ben Youssef
(Theological School and Moorish Museum)

The aim of the field trip was to enable students to experience Moroccan culture, observe, record and collaborate with others, and to respond to their own practice as Artist, Maker or Designer, influenced by their experiences.

The students participated in a vast array of activities during the one week field trip such as camel riding, visits to additional museums and galleries, traditional artisan souks, and palace ruins, a trip to a Berber village in the high Atlas Mountains, hammam pampering, and much more. There was also an organised day tour and various group sessions, including a lecture and film screening.

Textile student, Sarah Morris, explained what the field trip meant for her, ‘‘I feel lucky to have been given the opportunity to explore in Morocco. The city is packed full of inspiration, a culture like no other. As a Textile designer, I've come away from this trip feeling motivated and completely inspired.’’

During the visit, students were informed about an exciting opportunity to take part in an international competition for an exhibition of design work which will be used for a Sensory Garden for the OAPAM School for the Blind in Marrakech. This competition is in collaboration with the British/Moroc Society and Graham McCulloch and the winner of the competition will return to Marrakech for one week, during the Easter break, to assist with the garden design build and interact with OAPAM and the British/Moroc Society.

Cardiff Met staff had the opportunity to meet Ouidad Tebbaa, the Dean at Cadi Ayyad University to discuss future collaborations between students following an introduction by the Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at Cardiff Met, Professor Mohamed Loutfi. CSAD have also created links with

Ecole Superieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech, and future opportunities and research collaborations were secured for Cardiff Met graduates to study in Morocco at its strategic partner, Superior Institute for Science and Technology.

‘‘The field trip was a roaring academic and cultural success, and was enjoyed by all’, commented Dr Keireine Canavan, ‘The interaction between CSAD students from different subject areas and collaborations with Moroccan artisans will have a lasting impression upon students and will greatly impact their working practices. I hope to lead this field project again next year.’’

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