Tim Bolton MA RCA, FRSA

Tim is an Artist, Educator. He is currently Head of the School of Arts at West Dean College  having previously been Head of Programmes at Dartington, where he worked on relaunching Dartington Arts School and supporting the development of Schumacher College. For the previous 15 years, Tim was Vice Principal of Plymouth College of Art. He studied at the RCA, practising in architectural ceramics and glass, and prior to that ran a business restoring traditional timber-framed buildings.

Tim’s research interests are split between understanding and developing creative pedagogy and supporting endangered craft skills, nationally and internationally. Including ceramics, glass, wood, metals and weaving, in India, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Tim has run projects with the British Council supporting entrepreneurial activity related to enhancing the economic and political empowerment of women, in Myanmar, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Tim was on the board of the Arts Council South West Council and co-founded Making Futures in 2009, a biannual international conference on crafts and sustainability which ran nationally and internationally until 2022.

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