Co-author of Crafts Council commissioned research 'Crafting Futures', Linda is a leading expert in art and design teaching and learning
Linda Ball is an academic, researcher, educational developer, writer and trainer with interests in art and design pedagogy, professional development for creative practitioners, employability learning in HE, and graduate working patterns in the creative sector. She is currently Senior Research Fellow at University of the Arts London, Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, and Project Director (working with the Institute for Employment Studies) for the successful Creative Graduates Creative Futures study of the early careers of 3500 creative graduates from 26 UK universities and colleges, published in 2010. A parallel publication, Crafting Futures, examines the career patterns and preferences of more than 600 graduates specifically from crafts courses and is launched at Assemble 2010. She is author of the on-line Artists’ Development Toolkit for A-N Artists’ Magazine, and Helping Students to Learn Independently in the Crafts, a collection of case studies in student learning, published by the Crafts Council in 1996.
During the 1990s, she was also a regular contributor to the Crafts Council Making It series of staff development conferences and reports; a member of the course team for the PG Cert HE and Subject Leader in Business and Professional Practice at the University of Brighton. She led a successful research study on the characteristics of creative ventures and curriculum development for enterprise: Graduate into Business, published in 1999. In 2000 she co-authored an on-line career management programme: Gradplus for the Norwegian Government Department of Labour. Between 1994 and 2006 she worked with Deborah Rawson at ETA (Empowering the Artist), funded by Arts Council England South East, to develop and provide professional development seminars for visual and applied artists in the south east of England. She works from her garden shed in Sussex, and she is also involved in a local community archaeology project.