Making Feedback Constructive

Makers spend a lot of time working on their own and often have few opportunities to talk about the development of their work and get a fresh perspective on it and their practice.

Applied Arts Scotland with funding from a Look Again Create Networks Grant is offering  makers the opportunity to take part in a Constructive Feedback session where they can give and receive feedback on work or ideas in development in a friendly and supportive space.

The process we call Constructive Feedback is based on the Critical Response Process developed by Liz Lerman as a means of providing practical, useful and constructive feedback for any creative discipline.

I received insight into how my piece was viewed and it uncovered layers of meaning in it that I was too close to the piece to see.

Helen robertson – shetland

Each session with six makers consists of two 3-hour workshops. It will follow the four step process. Everyone has a turn to be the Presenter – three people present work/ideas during the first workshop and three during the second workshop. When not presenting your work, you’ll be a Responder for the other makers in your group. It will be the same Facilitator for both workshops and more information on the process and advice on photographs will be provided before the session.

It’s a supportive atmosphere that is encouraging and enlightening for all taking part. It’s fascinating to see the work of other makers and learn about their thinking behind it.

ANNE Marquiss – aberdeen

The facilitators have been trained by AAS and are AAS Professional Members with their own practice who supports makers in a variety of ways. 

Listening to the other participants how they see your work and the questions asked by the group on all participants’ work shown, is extremely beneficial. The sessions are a friendly and supportive space, building a wider community within Applied Arts Scotland.

louise barrington – orkney

The first two workshops will run from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday 26 October and 2 November 2021, and by signing up to the session, you agree to attend both workshops. Sessions are FREE for Applied Arts Scotland Members and £25 for non-members. This is the same price as one year’s Professional Membership of AAS and Associate Membership is £15, so it may be worth joining AAS to take part and also access the other benefits of membership.

Members can book their free place using the password provided in the monthly Members Bulletin on 22 September 2021, or to receive it early can email with the subject Constructive Feedback Password to request it.

As part of the training our facilitators took part in a session and we are sharing their responses to the experience in this blog.

I came away with ways of seeing and paths for development I hadn’t previously noticed or considered.

Clare waddle, yellow broom – grantown-on-spey
Process work, Yellow Broom

I found the constructive feedback sessions to be such a positive experience which sparked lots of interesting and revealing responses from makers across lots of different disciplines, which is a unique offering for many makers who are often working in isolation.

Aubin stewart – aberdeen

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