This summer IT Services staff have had an opportunity to explore their creative side, working with a local artist to explore their workplace from a different angle.
In support of our Working Together vision – to cultivate a department in which working together is the norm - we invited Oxford artist Dorothy Megaw* to run a short series of lunchtime workshops allowing colleagues to collaborate creatively. The workshops gave staff time to reflect on teamwork and how they fit in the wider University, helping to increase their sense of belonging.
Participants have greatly valued the experience, offering glowing feedback:
“I’ve found these workshops absolutely brilliant. Dorothy is a fantastic artist and really brings out a huge amount of enthusiasm in the groups and sessions…. I think it was a really great way to meet and bond with other members of IT Services, folk I hadn’t met before but above all it was a great way to spend a couple of hours in the midst of a quite often stressful and hectic working life.”
“The workshop that I attended was a wonderful opportunity to express creativity in a way that few of us have time for in our busy day-to-day lives. At the workshop, run by the upbeat and lovely Dorothy, I was able to chat to colleagues I had never met from other departments, and was encouraged to explore different ways of looking at the world.”
The outputs of the initiative, in addition to happy staff, is a collection of great paintings and sketches which will be exhibited in our offices for everyone - colleagues and visitors - to enjoy.
*Dorothy Megaw is a local painter and market stall holder at Oxford Gloucester Green. Examples of Dorothy's work, including a project on the iconic buildings of Oxford, can be viewed on her website. Dorothy also has a current exhibition at Beetroot, Cowley Road, and her work can be found at the University of Oxford shop on the High.