Participants in the Artistic Representations Otherwise workshop Skype with Emily Lennea, a MacEwan design student and research assistant who was working on a human-centred design project to share with the world the work of the artist scholars.

Where in the world … Kampala

September 12, 2019 | Arts & Culture, Society

Artists in Uganda are producing interventional art – work that is informed by and presents social and political issues to audiences within and outside the art world. It’s radical and gaining attention on a global scale, but very little artistic research authored by Ugandans is making its way into academic journals, says Dr. Leslie Obol, former sessional faculty member in MacEwan University’s Bachelor of Design program.

Writing and sharing those publications and related works with an international audience was at the heart of a project called Artistic Representations Otherwise that involved design student Emily Lennea.

Emily used a human-centred design process, connecting with workshop participants via Skype and email throughout the creative process, to create a website that would present the Ugandan artist scholars and their research to the world.


 In our “Where in the World” series, students and faculty members share highlights from this year’s study tours, exchanges, internships, research projects and field schools. Talk to a faculty advisor or visit for opportunities.  

Emily observed, asked questions and gathered snippets of conversations and emails to learn about the scholars’ research – and their connection to the community. From there, she worked on creating a site to feature artist bios, works and research. She also created resources, including a training manual, to make the project sustainable over time.

“Having to put myself out there with artists and designers on the other side of the world was definitely a challenge, but it was also very much a growing experience,” says Emily. “I can’t wait to see the reactions of the artists when they finally see their work online.”

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