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Sustainability in Art and Design- Sir Tom Cowie Campus

The School of Art and Design are committed to a sustainable future, proactively seeking ways to make positive changes to the environment.  We have developed a series of interactive workshops around the theme of sustainability which showcases how we, and the industry are adapting and changing.

The following workshops are based at  Sir Tom Cowie Campus but we will be offering workshops for Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration and Design and Fashion Design and Promotion at City Campus at the same time. Those workshops are bookable through the same booking link. 


Glass and Ceramics

Clay hand-building and smoke firing workshop


Explore sustainability within our ceramics department by making a hand-built form from home-dug or recycled clay. You will also have a go at firing your work using alternative firing techniques that utilise discarded/found materials from within the department.  



Photography, Video and Digital Imaging

Recycle, Repurpose, Remix


Working with a broad range of sourced material (including digital negatives), you will recycle, repurpose and remix sourced images to create dynamic new photogram prints in our black and white darkrooms.  You will also be shown some eco-friendly alternatives to traditional darkroom printing.    


Animation and Games Art

Lost and Found

Working in small teams. your task is to collect old discarded/ found items prior to visiting the University campus. Your task on campus is to create a short animated sequence that aligns with one of the core sustainability themes. In this session, you will have the freedom to experiment and explore a range of tools and animation techniques such as stop motion, cut-out, and experimental animation to bring your found items to life. 


All taster sessions will run on Tuesday 20th June 2023, 12:30pm-3:00pm on City Campus and Sir Tom Cowie Campus. Students will take part in one session on the day, but groups can be booked across multiple sessions. We can accommodate groups booking multiple sessions across both campuses, please get in touch to discuss booking across both campuses in more detail. Please contact us via email if you have any questions, once you book onto the event we will contact you to confirm what taster session you would like to book onto.

For any queries or to discuss in more detail please contact student.recruitment@sunderland.ac.uk.