Material Witness 2019 programme

material witness 2019

Material Text – 28 January 2019

The first event in our 2019 programme will take place at Lambeth Palace Library, and will introduce participants to some of the problems and opportunities encountered in the examination and conservation of medieval manuscripts and their digital facsimiles. Participants will go behind the scenes in the conservation studio and will learn about the different approaches and techniques involved in preserving fragile books.

Material Sound – 1 March 2019

The Horniman Museum is home to a world-class collection of musical instruments. As part of the #MaterialWitness 2019 programme, participants will be led through an object handling session and instrument-making workshop there with sound artist Sam Underwood.

Conceptual Art – 8 March 2019

This session in the #MaterialWitness 2019 programme takes the form of a day-long think tank addressing the materiality of conceptual art. Making use of archival material and current exhibitions, art historian Dr Christian Berger (Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow at The Courtauld Institute of Art) will lead participants through a critical discussion of materiality and the contemporary art object.

Material Photography – 22 March 2019

Digital photographs are ubiquitous in modern humanities research. This session in the #MaterialWitness 2019 programme will encourage participants to interrogate physical objects through the creation of chemigrams – a type of photographic image made without a camera, using everyday objects. It will take the form of a hands-on workshop led by curator and multidisciplinary artist Melanie King, whose work explores materiality in relation to traditional printmaking processes.

Material Drawing – 3 May 2019

Observational skills are vital to humanities research. Join us for a day-long drawing masterclass led by artist Adrian Dutton in which participants will learn to look through drawing and will explore different drawing materials and techniques. Spaces on this practical and varied workshop are limited, so watch this space for sign up info soon.

Materials in the Cathedral – date TBC

A visit to Canterbury Cathedral to include tour of the building, the stone masons’ yard and stained-glass studio.

Closing Event at the Art Workers’ Guild – 7 June 2019

Valedictory reception 4-8pm at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT.

This final event will include a key-note speaker followed by presentations from members of the Art Workers’ Guild on their crafts and opportunities for hands-on participation. There will be the opportunity to reflect on the programme and to discuss ideas for the future.

Spaces for all sessions are limited. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter to find out how and when to sign up.

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