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Robert Pulley

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Dissertation:

Theatre of the Imagination

Theatre of the Imagination sets out to explore how creative practice may help nurture personal agency and global citizenship in mainstream primary education. Signature pedagogies from art and design are transferred via a series of workshops created to foster thinking through storytelling and making.

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  • Theatre of the Imagination sets out to explore how creative practice may help nurture personal agency and global citizenship in mainstream primary education. Signature pedagogies from art and design are transferred via a series of workshops created to foster thinking through storytelling and making.


  • Previous degrees

  • MBA, Open University, London, 1994; MDes, Furniture Design, Royal College of Art, 1981
  • Experiences

  • Head of school, crafts and design, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, 2013–2015; Principal, West Dean College, Chichester, 2000–2013; Dean of art and design, Falmouth College of Art, 1994–2000; Subject leader, 3D Design, Ravensbourne University London, 1989–1994; Founder, Pulley and Pulley Design, 1981
  • Exhibitions

  • Work in Progress, Royal College of Art, 2016; Reception for Edward, Edward James Foundation, West Dean College, 2012; Colours of India, co-directed with Dr Ajanta Sen, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, 1998; Flexichair System, Koski Solomon Architects, Auditorium Seating, London, 1990; Pulley Conference Chair, Gordon Russell, Cologne Furniture Fair, 1990; Young British Designers in Vienna, Furniture design selected by Peter Dormer for British Council Exhibition, Künstlerhaus, 1984; Designers Make It, work selected and exhibited in the Design Council Gallery, London, 1983; Pulley and Pulley, Furniture and Product Designs retrospective show at Aspects Gallery, London, 1983; Young British Designers, work selected by Bernard Gay for Camden Arts Centre, 1983; British Design at Printemps, work selected by RCA for Paris exhibition, 1982; Design for Need, work selected for the Victor Papanek conference, RCA, 1976
  • Conferences

  • 'Does Design Care', An International Workshop of Design, Thought and Action, Pulley, R. and Moradi, H., 2017, 'My father was a great furniture designer', Imagination, LancasterUniversity; 'LearnXDesign', Ravensbourne, Pulley, R., Hall, A. and Burkitt, E., 2017, Make Your Move: Exploring a Pedagogic Toolkit for Creative Development and Global Learning in Primary Education. London: Ravensbourne Publications [Online]; 'Ministry of Design', University of the West Indies: Pulley, R., 2015, ‘Theatre of the Imagination’: Blueprint Exchange, In: From Cottage Industry to State Enterprise [eds, Noel, L.A. and Poy, M.L.] [Volume 2, pp.205-227]
  • Publications

  • Pulley, R., ‘Theatre of the Imagination’, Royal College of Art, London, 2019; Pulley, R., 'Furniture Design', in Encyclopaedia of Contemporary British Culture, London: Routledge, 1998; Pulley, R., ‘Feeling Good’, Craft Research 2, pp. 97–114, 2011; Pulley, R., 'Total Eclipse in Cornwall', poster and article, ICSID Humane Village Conference publication, Toronto Design Centre,; Sen, A., Poovaiah, R. and Pulley, R., ‘Across the Web: The Colours of India as a cross-cultural collaborative initiative for learning’, IIT Bombay: Design Thoughts, July, pp. 8-23. Sen, A. [Online], 2009, Available: http://colorsofindia.com/ajanta/writing
  • Funding

  • Ted Powers Scholarship (RCA)
  • Sponsors

  • Royal College of Art, University of Chichester
  • Collaborators

  • Halstow Primary School, West Dean Primary School, Plymouth School of Creative Arts
Royal College of Art