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The Craft History Conference: 15 March 2017

Conference Conveners: Professor Simon Olding, Director, Crafts Study Centre and Professor Lesley Millar, Director of the International Textile Research Centre, University for the Creative Arts.

The Crafts Study Centre is home to one of the great public collections of craft, comprising not only exemplar objects but also significant archives.

The combination of these elements can be seen as a narration of craft history written by the makers’ themselves. They are the unmediated materials for critical discourse: ‘Britain’s memory bank of craft’ in the words of Glenn Adamson.

The International Textile Research Centre places contemporary textiles in aesthetic, cultural and theoretical contexts, often setting out radical argument through exhibition practice. This is craft history written in the moment, interpreted through artefact.

The keynote speakers will be Dr Glenn Adamson and Alison Britton

The panel of speakers includes:

  • Liz Cooper ‘Valuing the Imperfect: the individual history of crafted object’
  • Rachel Johnston ‘Intertwined – Narrative Cloth
  • Dr Stephen Knott ‘Out of Hand: Craft history’s lesson for contemporary art and design’
  • Dr Gail Baxter ‘Craft in Context(s)’
  • Kimberley Chandler, ‘Lucie’s Buttons: A Question of Ethics’
  • Dr Colin O Dubhghaill 'Translation/interpretation on contemporary metal work and jewellery

TICKETS : advanced booking is required - includes lunch and refreshments
REGISTRATION : 10.00am at the Crafts Study Centre
CONFERENCE : 11.00am - 4.00pm  RECEPTION : 4.30pm - 6.00pm