The Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence at Bristol University, 2015.
Based in The School of Earth Sciences. During the residency Rodney produced a contemporary interpretation of the first geological map of Britain, made by William Smith in 1815. The Map can now be seen in the School of Earth Sciences, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol. Please ask at Earth Sciences reception if you would like to view it.
The map was featured in the Museum of Wales Exhibition: "The Colour of the Earth - Art and the Material Landscape". "Rodney Harris has recreated William Smith's 1815 Map of the British Isles using geological pigments made from corresponding ground up rock samples from each area of the UK. The resulting full scale map is a unique and surprising overview of the true colours of the British landscape. National Museum of Wales Oriel Y Parc Gallery, St Davids, Pembrokeshire. The work was part of The Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence at Bristol University for 2015."
Sculptor in Residence, Liverpool University, European Capital of Culture 2008.
Year long residency based in the Physics Department, Rodney Harris worked across faculties developing cross-curricular creative projects. A range of clay, terracotta sculpture and prints were produced which are now part of the art collection held at the University. Work can be seen in Marine Biology, Psychology and Physics departments.
Rodney Harris's website about training teachers to work with clay in schools: http://www.clayinset.co.uk
Artist in Residence at Knowle West Children's Centre, Bristol.
"The excellent work carried out with a visiting artist is developing the creativity of children and their parents".
Ofsted 2012, Knowle West Children's Centre.
Published Book about the residency:
Sir John Soane Museum, London:
Workshops with parents and children exploring and responding to the collection through drawing objects in the collection, making reliefs, plaster moulds and then copies of the artifacts.
“The children responded well to having an artist in residence who is so good at tapping into their interests and respecting their wonderful ideas” “Rod was very sensitive to their needs and encouraged them to join in as and when they were ready” - Headteacher Soo Rolfe, Little Hayes Nursery School Evaluation of Creative Partnerships project (Exploring Horizons 2005-2006)
Gloucester Schools Residency: “The Teacher who knew about the Reggio Emilia philosophy volunteered that her views had changed. Initially, she wanted to be taught specific skills and techniques to do with clay. She felt that she had learnt a great deal from Rod. She was more confident about the clayness of clay."
Manny Lewis, Chairman, The British Association for Early Childhood Education, 136 Cavell Street, London. http://www.early-education.org.uk
Co-director of a Laboratory of Learning - http://www.pallabs.org
"Rod Harris’s methodology is informed by his practice as a sculptor working directly with materials ... Rod took a decisive but non-authoritarian role as leader or facilitator by setting up the creative space and related task and by overseeing a process by which individuals needed to work with others to achieve a result. They needed to give space to others to come forward and offer suggestions, skills, to make mistakes and move on. Rod realised a high level of aesthetic experience both in the formal sense – quality of materials, colour and texture, but also in a transformative sense of something becoming something else in ways that were completely unimaginable at the outset. Rod enabled individuals to make new things that appeared from the outset to be impossible to achieve by developing both self-reliance and collaboration.”
Dr Anne Douglas, On the Edge Research. http://www.ontheedgeresearch.org/