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The Culture of Consumerism: Reduce, Reuse, Reculture
Fri 19 May 2017, 10:00 – 15:00 BST
Perth College UHI’s WEEE Centre are bringing together students, professionals and interested parties in the fields of sustainability, technology and the arts for a day of activities, culture and thought provoking discussion around the topic: The Culture of Consumerism - many people believe that recycling is the best thing that they can do for the environment – ‘so long as it can be recycled it doesn’t matter what I buy’.
The morning session will tackle the issue of reuse through the creative process, opening up new possibilities and engaging audiences in something that they may not have thought about before; activities will include an upcycling workshop by artist Deirdre Bennett and showcases of art and film from the Perth College UHI students that are inspired by the theme of WEEE reuse. Attendees are also invited to bring along their portable e-waste as materials for a student challenge, facilitated by Deirdre Bennett, to produce an art work. Computing students will be on hand with a break down workshop, showing attendees how to take apart IT and mobile phones to allow us to explore the story behind them. Tours of the WEEE Centre will also be available.
In the afternoon a diverse range of interesting speakers are invited to speak around the day's topic. Gemma Lawrence, Producer at Creative Carbon Scotland, will talk about the role of the arts in the cultural transition to a more sustainable Scotland. Producer, researcher, writer and cultural historian Chris Freemantle will discuss art as maintenance, eco-art practices and the impact of the Circular Economy. Dr Jacqueline Balfour, Business Development Manager at the Scottish Institute for Remanufacture, will talk about innovations in design and manufacturing in Scotland. Tiffany Kane, Operations manager at the Common Weal, will talk about De-Consumerisation and boosting local economies. After the speakers have presented the floor will be opened up to discussion, chaired by Dr Robert Boyd, Perth College UHI, on the subject of reuse, which has taken a back seat to recycling, despite the increased environmental, social and financial benefits over recycling that many people are unaware of and how we can go about influencing the culture of consumers.
This event is funded by Perth 2021's Creative Communities Fund.
Dr Jacqueline Balfour, Scottish Institute for Remanufacture
Dr Jacqueline Balfour is the Business Development Manager for the Scottish Institute for Remanufacture. She graduated from Strathclyde University in Computer Science and holds a PhD from Lancaster University in Computer Networking. Jacqueline has 25 years of experience working at Hewlett Packard (HP) in the Applied Research Laboratories, the Enterprise Server Business and the networking business focused on Small/Medium Business. As an R&D Director Jacqueline led many cross functional programs through development, manufacturing and marketing.
Tiffany Kane, Common Weal
Tiffany worked for many blue chip companies after leaving school, before feeling so disillusioned she returned to education at age 24, achieving a HNC in social sciences and then an honours degree is social anthropology. Now Operations Manager at Common Weal, Tiffany has been involved with landmark projects such as IdeaSpace and Common Market.
Gemma Lawrence, Creative Carbon Scotland
Gemma has a background in Sustainable Development and Art History, specialising in contemporary participatory practices at the University of St Andrews in her undergraduate degree. Since 2012 she has managed and produced a range of projects focused on the development of artistic practices in Scotland in relation to environmental sustainability.
Chris Freemantle, Producer, Researcher, Writer and Cultural Historian
Bio coming soon.
Dierdre Bennett, Artist
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Union Link Building, University of the Highlands and Islands Perth College - Crieff Road Campus