Christopher DJ Corish MA BA

Relevant Education

2020 – Current  MSc Advanced Media Production at Aberystwyth University

A Part-Time – Distance Learning course allowing me to gain a critical understanding of contemporary Media. In addition, I gained an understanding of the core stages of media production, learnt key producing skills including the adaptation of content, as well as legal guidelines,

2019- 2020 MA Art Gallery & Museum Studies (Merit), University of Leeds

Gaining critical understandings of issues in curatorship, museology and museum management. Considering the history of museums and contemporary engagement. Looking at Online Engagement – having to adapt a social history exhibition plan I was able to present the exhibition plan as a result of the pandemic allowed me to explore online virtual reality platforms. As well as Urban Heritage – looking at how we can manage urban heritage, considering the town as a museum.

In addition, I took several modules examining Contemporary art and the Museum – looking at how contemporary art installations in a heritage context can be used as a springboard to new and innovative understandings of heritage sites. My dissertation, however, focused on the conflict between community and heritage  Looking specifically at historic churches in Wales, and how they can be utilised as valuable community assets without the destruction of heritage.

2016-19 BA Honors Fine Art (2/1), Aberystwyth University

Studied a variety of disciplines including Darkroom Photography and Painting. Choosing to specialise in Painting creating a series of historically inspired work based from the Old College Aberystwyth, as well as studying modules in related areas such as Art History, Curation, Creative Arts and professional practice.

Exhibitions & Events which I have Exhibited at.

2021 Upcoming display at local dealership to be announced!
2021 Oriel Lockdown – Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University
2021 Annwn Folklore, Futurism and EscapismTŷ Pawb, Wrexham, North Wales
2020-21 Wrexham Open Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham, North Wales
2019 ‘The Senedd’ (National Assembly for Wales building), Cardiff Bay, as part of Ceredigion ‘Off Limits’/Unloved Heritage display at the ‘Youth Voice’ conference. 
2019 Open Day Showcase Exhibition, Aberystwyth School of Art 
2019 Trinity Art Awards, Trinity School, Croydon, London 
2019 Undergraduate Degree ShowAberystwyth School of Art, Aberystwyth University
2018 St Fagans, National Museum of History’ , (Museum of Wales) – near Cardiff – as part of Ceredigion ‘Off Limits’/Unloved Heritage display at the ‘Youth Voice’ conference. 
2018 Wrexham Open – Tŷ Pawb and Un-de-gun galleries – Wrexham, North Wales
2018 Trinity Art Awards, Trinity School – Croydon, London.
2018 ‘The Takeover’ Group Creative Arts Intervention Show – Aberystwyth Art Centre.
2016 Solo Art & Photography Exhibition Sacred Heart Church – Caterham, Surrey.
2016 Trinity Art Awards, Trinity School – Croydon, London. (winning category).
2015 Sutton Schools Exhibition – Sutton Library, Sutton, London.

Professional, Curating, Consultancy & Museum Experience

2021 – Current – Employed Consultancy Panel Member, Cultural Sector Associate Panel – Criw Celf/The Welsh Arts Council
2021 –Life Drawing Tutor, Hens with Pens
2021 Presenter at Radio Aber (New Community Radio Station) Shortly due to launch an Arts and Culture show for local area.
2021 Contracted Member of Consultant/Focus Group Panel for Criw Celf regarding the feasibility of The Welsh Arts Council and Welsh Government, Creating a “Kickstart” Scheme in Wales for young people on Universal Credit who wish to get into Cultural Sector. 
2021 Portrait Model for Ruth Koffer’s “Portrait Club” Online Drawing Classes 
2021 Contracted Heritage Consultant – Co-authoring the “CHYPS” Sustainability Report for Cadw at the Welsh Government. 
2021 Arts Specialist Online Sales Coordinator at Abertique Online Ltd. – an online Antiques and Vintage dealership selling globally. 
2020 Co-Organiser of Life Drawing sessions and classes for 50+ people at Leeds University Arts Society
2020 Curator ‘Forgotten Faces From Orphaned Collections’ an online photography exhibition for the University of Leeds. 
2019 Co-Curator ‘Talkin ‘Bout Their Generation’ The Who, Live at Leeds, Leeds University Union
2019 Representative of the ‘Unloved Heritage’ Project as part of an exchange trip led by Cadw to County Antrim, Northern Ireland, to see youth projects linked or supported by the National Trust.
2019 Co-Curator Classical/Romantic exhibition, The School of Art Museum and Galleries, Aberystwyth University
2017-19 Gallery Attendant/ Invigilator – Aberystwyth Art Centre.
2017-19 Open Day Ambassador – Aberystwyth School of Art.
2018 Marshall, ‘Pages of the Sea’, nationwide memorial art event by Danny Boyle – Ynyslas, Ceredigion
2013 Work Placement – Westminster Cathedral, London
2007-15 Volunteer & Steward – East Surrey Museum.
2015-16 Co-Presenter, Ridge Radio(Community Radio Station), Caterham, Surrey

Publications, Articles & Reports

2021 Author of Article “Changing our Churches: Renewing Historic Worship Spaces in a 21st century Pandemic World” article for Leeds Church institute, a large ecumenical religious organisation in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. 
2021 Collaborated on ‘Y Stori Tŷ ar Fryn’ /’The Story of the House on the Hill’. A book on the story of an upland Welsh hill farm and the journey of discovery in uncovering its story. Book is being created by members of the Ceredigion Heritage Youth Panel Supported by the RCAHMW. It was launched online at the Lle Hannes as part of the 2020 virtual Welsh National Eisteddfod on Facebook
2021 Co-AuthorCHYPS” Sustainability Report for Cadw at the Welsh Government. 
2020 Author of article ‘Aberystwyth as a Home after Crisis’ – ‘EUSTORY’ ‘Ecommeration Campus’ conference,Beyond the Crisis” hosted by Körber-Stiftung who are based in Hamburg, Germany 2020 –
2020 Site & Building History Report completed for Aberystwyth Town Council – St Winefride’s Church a derelict brownfield site in conservation area of the North side of the west wales town of Aberystwyth. 
2020 Author ofYr Hen Goleg Aberystwyth’ / ‘Aberystwyth Old College’ Blog Post for Ceredigion Off Limits (RCAHMW)
2019 Author of‘Unloved Heritage – Discovering Wales’ Forgotten History Whilst Engaging the Next Generation’– Blog Post, RCAHMW  (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales)
2019 Author of ‘Unloved Heritage? — young people discover Wales’s forgotten history’, Magazine Article in ‘Heritage in wales’ ‘Cadw’ member’s magazine.

Awards 

2018 Heritage Angel AwardsCeredigion Heritage Youth Panel of which I am a panel member was highly commended for our work with a previously unrecorded upland Welsh farm and Lead mine ruin in collaboration with Welsh Mines Preservation Trust and Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.
2016 Merit Award, Aberystwyth University 
2016 Category won at Trinity Art Awards, Croydon, London

Commissions & Collections

2015-20 Various paintings and photography works in private collections.
2018 ‘Crowned Hummingbird’ Commercial Painting Commission
2018 ‘Penbryn, Aberystwyth University’ Private Painting Commission
2016 ‘Aerial London’, Sir David Lane Building, The John Fisher School, London
2016 ‘Looking Through Trees’ Private Photography Commission

Academic Symposiums & Conferences attended.

2021 Speaker at Reflecting on Covid-19’s Impact on Arts, Culture and Heritage, University of Leeds, my lecture title was ‘Managing the Impact of the Pandemic on Historic Religious Structures’
2020 Representing Wales among 50 Representatives of nations across Europe at Heritage conference – EUSTORY Ecommeration Campus 2020 “Beyond the Crisis” hosted by Körber-Stiftung in Hamburg, Germany via online platforms.
2020 Participant in giving Cadw “Unloved Heritage” Video Talk.
2020 RCAHMW, Digital Past Conference: New technologies in heritage, interpretation and outreach, – Aberystwyth 
2019 ‘Youth Voice’ conference ‘The Senedd’ (National Assembly for Wales building).
2018 ‘Celebrating Kyffin Williams’ – The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
2018 ‘6th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference’ – Aberystwyth University
2018 ‘Youth Voice’ conference, St Fagans, National Museum of History’, – near Cardiff
2018 Museum Association – ‘Successful Selection Workshop’, Cardiff Story Museum.

Residencie

2017 Joya: AiR (Andalucía, Spain),

Other Experience 

2021 – Current Employed Youth Worker, Borth Youth Group, Borth Family Centre
2021- Current Trustee of 2nd Borth Scouts group, Borth Wales 
2011-Current Volunteer Leader and youth worker with the Scout Association (Groups worked with 5th Caterham,  2nd Penparcau, 2nd Borth ) 
2019- Current Member of Youth Consultation Board for the Old College Development in Aberystwyth at Aberystwyth University
2018 – 20 Panel Member of ‘Ceredigion Heritage Youth Panel’.  Looking at ‘Off Limits Ceredigion’ supported by ‘The Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales’, this project is part of the Wales-wide Unloved Heritage project led by Cadw’.
2019 – 20 Treasurer – ‘Leeds University Union Art Society’
2018-19 President of ‘Aberystwyth University Catholic Society’
2017-19 President of ‘Aberystwyth Art Society’
2017-18 Treasurer of ‘Aberystwyth University Catholic Society’
2017 Continuing Certificate of Education – ‘Aberystwyth University Figure to Landscape: the Interplay of Form’
2016-18  Academic Representative, Aberystwyth School of Art

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