Daniel Tollady | The Open College of the Arts

Daniel Tollady

Interested in notions of Becoming and Assemblage, Daniel’s practice models new spatial possibilities through acts of walking, archiving, intuitive drawing and structural composition, using these processes to explore and understand present-day urban and rural environments and the communities that inhabit them. Daniel draws on his education in both Interior Architecture and Fine Art to devise interdisciplinary solutions and outcomes within his work. In the past he has created installations from domestic donations, swapped railroad ballast for the memories and objects in people’s pockets, invited the public to a house-warming party in a gallery, made inflatable architecture in a memorial garden and handed out 500 make-your-own-kaleidoscope kits in 2 days. He has had exhibitions of drawings, installations and sculptural structures, worked collaboratively to devise performative sound machines and walked for miles to understand the different environmental conditions between the towns along the East Kent coast.

As part of the Creative Europe funded Magic Carpets programme, in 2018 he was invited by the Prague Biennale organisation to take part in a residency that explored the relationship between tourism and the city’s culture. This culminated in an installation within the Clam-Gallas Palace, a former municipal archive building in the city centre. Continuing his engagement with the Magic Carpets programme, in 2019 Daniel took part in a second residency with Folkestone Fringe and developed an ongoing community project that sought to engage and unite different community groups from across the town. As well as producing and exhibiting his own work, Daniel continues to seek collaborative projects and curate different events that allow him to explore his research interests. Through his practice, Daniel has been fortunate to collaborate on many exciting projects and work with many fantastic organisations, including Creative Folkestone, the Beaney Gallery and Museum in Canterbury, Strange Cargo and the Cheriton Light Festival, and the CAOS Art Gallery in Venice.

Daniel is actively involved in arts and architecture education and educational outreach, working with different schools and universities, local organisations and within different community groups. He is currently an Associate Lecturer of Design at the Canterbury School of Architecture, UCA, where he teaches students of BA (Hons) Architecture and BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design, and is a Lecturer of Design and Link Tutor at the Institute of Creativity and Innovation, Xiamen University, China. Alongside these two roles, Daniel is an Arts Award Adviser and Creative Workshops Tutor. where he has helped many students from a variety of different backgrounds to achieve their National Trinity Arts Award qualifications. Daniel is excited to join OCA’s Interior Design teaching team, where he hopes that his own practice and experience will encourage students to embrace alternative schools of thought and methodologies that will ultimately help them to engage in interdisciplinary thinking and to develop their own individual creative problem-solving skills.

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