Project summary

CampusCreate, a space and practice, aims to encourage creative thinking across the NUI Galway campus in a fun and playful way. It’s a place for you to flex your creative muscles, and undertake weekly inspiring challenges, and to share these across the campus community.

Project details     

Everyone is born creative and contrary to popular belief you do not have to be an artist, musician, designer etc. to be able to see and think differently.  As creative and design thinking skills are becoming increasingly important for participation in a society full of technology, the playful, open approach of the project will encourage you to enrich and further develop your creative and digital skills. 

How does it work?     

During the 12 weeks of semester two, ‘Creative Challenges’ will be posted via Twitter, Facebook, and website. Each week has a different theme and ‘Daily Prompts’ will support the challenge. Everyone can participate (staff, students, alumni, and more) and interpret the ‘Creative Challenge’ in whatever way you like. These can be creations of video, drawing, writing, audio, photography, mash-ups, remixes, etc.

How do I get started?

  1. If you like emails, register for our mailing list. This is the easiest way to find out what’s going on. Or if you prefer, follow us on Facebook or @campuscreate on Twitter to get your daily dose of prompts.
  2. Check out the week’s theme, and dip in and out of the daily prompts – find one that inspires you.
  3. Attempt a challenge, and share this via your preferred channel. You can use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or you can email it to us, if you are not on social media. You will get more information on how to submit via the daily prompts.
  4. We are a community of people trying to create art. You’ll feel the warm glow of reward from your own expended efforts and also through acknowledgment from peers of your contribution, no matter how small or spontaneous.

The background to Campus Create

The idea behind Campus Create originated from Sally’s first-hand experiences in the Burren College of Art, as part of her PhD study. Following conversations with students, she saw the potential of a space on campus and in the wider community to make, share and remix, and be creative, crossing curricular boundaries and disciplinary borders. Inspired by the ideas behind DS106 in the University of Mary Washington, the work of Jim Groom, Alan Levine and all the team at Daily Create, she wrote a proposal for Explore funding. This was successful. Next, the challenge was make it a reality. Supported by Tony and Fiona, and others, the idea crystallized further into this 12 week creative challenge. But ultimately, it will be shaped by the participation of you. The concepts are evolving and we welcome your input and feedback too. If you have suggestions, please get in touch.

Project participants

Lead student partner: Sally McHugh

Lead staff partners: Dr. Tony Hall & Dr. Fiona Concannon

Special acknowledgements:

We’d like to say a special thanks to Alan Levine, and those behind the Daily Create and DS106– the main inspiration behind our version of this experiment. We’d also like to thank DialogFeed, who have kindly allowed us to build the twelve social walls that drive the conversation on our website and displays across campus. We’d like to thank Jude & Colm at id3 for their excellent work and help on our branding and graphic design. Finally, we have reuse creative commons licensed materials across the site, and wish wish to thank everyone who has allowed us to reuse and share their ideas in this way.

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