Matter and Meaning: Materiality and the Visual Arts Archive

ARLIS/Committee for Art and Design Archives Symposium – ‘Matter and Meaning: Materiality and the Visual Arts Archive’

DATE: Friday 23 September 2016

TIME: 10.00am – 6.30pm

VENUE: University of Brighton, Room M2, Grand Parade, BN2 0JY

‘On the one hand… material is discussed today in the light of an idea that it has been dissolved by the so-called immaterialities of new technologies, while on the other – from the margins – we can observe the consolidation of material as a category of its own’.

– (Monika Wagner)

Within the expanding digital environment that encompasses our professional and personal experience, ideas of materiality have received extensive recent attention, across a range of disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, art history, literary studies and material culture.  As yet, archival theory and practice have given limited consideration to materiality as an approach to the archive. Conservation practices, while focussing on material qualities of archives, may not attend to more philosophical implications beyond technical research. This symposium seeks to reach across and between these various bodies of knowledge, considering materiality as a framework for analysing, interpreting and engaging with archives of art and design.

To view the full event page for the Symposium, including the programme, please visit the University of Brighton website:

Materiality and the Visual Arts Archive: Matter and Meaning

Materiality and the Visual Arts Archive: Matter and Meaning at University of Brighton, College of Arts and Humanities

If you would like to book a place please visit the Arlis Events page to register and pay:

Please note that lunch is not provided


Call for Papers: Private Collecting and Public Display: Art Markets and Museums

Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market

University of Leeds

Private Collecting and Public Display: Art Markets and Museums

University of Leeds, 30th-31st March 2017

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Susanna Avery-Quash, Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting) at the National Gallery, London 

Deadline for Abstracts: Tuesday 1st November 2016

Download Call here: CFP Private Collecting and Public Display- Art Markets and Museums

This two-day conference investigates the relationships between ‘private’ collections of art (fine art, decorative art and antiquities), and the changing dynamics of their display in ‘public’ exhibitions and museums. This shift from ‘private’ to ‘public’ involves a complex dialectic of socio-cultural forces, together with an increasing engagement with the art market. The conference aims to explore the relationship between the ‘private’ and ‘public’ spheres of the home and the museum, and to situate this within the scholarship of the histories of the art market and collecting.

Art collections occupy a cultural space which can represent the individual identity of a collector; often as a manifestation of self-expression and social class. Many museums today arose from ‘private’ collections including the Wallace Collection, Musée Nissim de Camondo, the Frick Museum and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Whilst they now exist as ‘public’ spaces, many still signify the residues of the ‘private’ home of a collector. What processes do collections undergo when they move from a ‘private’ sphere to a ‘public’ exhibition space? In what ways are collections viewed differently in these environments?

How and when do ‘private’ collections move into the ‘public’ domain, and what does this tell us about the increasingly porous nature of these boundaries? Whilst the relationship between ‘private’ and ‘public’ art collecting takes on particular forms from the early modern period onwards, it emerged particularly in the latter half of the nineteenth century, with the creation of temporary exhibitions and permanent displays in museums that relied on donations from collectors. Many national museums are indebted to loans made by private individuals. The Waddesdon Bequest at the British Museum, the Wrightsman Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum, and the John Jones collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, are key examples of the continuity of the private in the public. What are the ‘private’ to ‘public’ dynamics of these exchanges? How have museums negotiated the restrictions proposed by the collector for the display, containment, expansion or reinterpretation of their collection? What is the implication for the status and value of an object when ‘public’ works are sold and re-enter the art market? What meanings are attached to ‘public’ art objects when they begin, once again, to circulate in the art market?  

The PGR subcommittee of the Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers which explore these themes or which address any other aspect of the private collecting and public display of collections, from the Early Modern period until the 21st century. We are delighted to confirm Dr. Susanna Avery-Quash, Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting) at the National Gallery, London as our keynote speaker.

Topics can include but are not limited to:

  • The relationships between ‘private’ and ‘public’ spheres
  • The role and impact of the art market in the ‘public’ and ‘private’ realms
  • The history and role of temporary loan exhibitions
  • The role played by gender in collecting practices and bequests
  • Collecting and loaning objects by minority groups
  • Legacies of the collector
  • Philanthropy vs self-promotion
  • Deaccessioning- public museums selling art back into art market/into private collections
  • The dynamic of contemporary art collecting and public art galleries

To propose a paper: Please send a Word document with your contact information, paper title, an abstract of 300-500 words, and a short biographical note. Full session proposals for a panel of three papers are also welcomed. Some travel bursaries will be available for accepted speakers.

Proposals should be sent to [email protected] by 1st November 2016.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Nordic Forum for Design History Studies conference 2016


23–24 September 2016

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Arabia campus), Helsinki, Finland

Confirmed Keynote Speaker:

Kjetil Fallan, Professor in Design History, University of Oslo, Norway

Confirmed Panelists:

Kerstin Wickman, Professor Emerita, Sweden

Christina Zetterlund, Professor, Konstfack, Sweden

Anders V. Munch, Professor, The University of Southern Denmark

Harpa Thorsdottir, Museum director, Museum of Design and Applied Art, Iceland

Ida Kamilla Lie, PhD student, University of Oslo, Norway

Kärt Summatavet, PhD, researcher, Tallin, Estonia

At the time of big changes in designer profession globally, the Nordic Forum for Design History Studies conference 2016 turns to examine design education. The conference aims to map the history of design education in the Nordic countries and to survey what is the status of research in this area today. The conference will reflect critically on how the history of professional education is linked to the writing of Nordic design histories and what are the relevant methods of research here.

Nordic design is often presented as a uniform and homogenous phenomenon. What is common and shared, then, when one looks at Nordic design from the perspective of education; is there a special “Nordic design education method”? What are the similarities and differences of educational programmes? Can one talk about regionalism or are national accents or specialities offered by individual schools more significant?

The conference examines interaction within the Nordic region and in the international framework. What was the relation to the German Bauhaus and other 20th century progressive design schools in Europe and in the USA? What kind of connections were there to design schools of the Baltic countries during Soviet era and later. And how is it now: what is the status of education in national design policies of the Nordic countries?

We welcome abstracts for 20 minutes conference papers from scholars from a diverse range of disciplines on the theme of design education. Topics that may be considered include, but are not limited to:

– Methods of research in design education

– Locality / nationality as context of design education

– Interaction and collaboration between Nordic actors of design education

– Bauhaus and other “foreign” influences in Nordic design education

– Links to design schools in the region of the former Soviet Union

– Professionals coming outside of design education

– Charateristics of contemporary design education in the Nordic countries

– Design policies and design education in the Nordic countries

– Turning points in design education

– Continuum and ruptures in the design curriculum

– Role of history in design education

Deadline for submission: 15 August 2016
Please send an abstract (up to 250 words) by 12th of August 2016, including a short biography (up to 50 words) to [email protected]


The conference will consist of one keynote lecture, 1–2 sessions of selected papers and a panel of invited speakers on the topic of Design education in the Nordic Countries. The conference takes place at the Arabia campus of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Hämeentie 135 C). The conference times are

– Friday 23th from 1 PM to 5 PM

– Saturday 24th from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Additional programme includes

– Visit to the exhibition Eero Aarnio at Design Museum Helsinki on Saturday 24th from 5 PM to 7.30 PM

– A conference excursion on Sunday 25th from 10 AM to 3 PM, TBC.

Conference fee 30 euros per person + extra fee for excursion, TBC.

Registration in advance by 28 August, 2016 to [email protected]

The conference in Helsinki is organized by Aalto University and Design Museum Helsinki in collaboration with the Nordic Forum for Design History Studies network (Nordiskt Forum för Designhistoria). The Nordic Forum is a seminar that is organized every second year in the five Nordic countries alternately. The purpose of the activity initiated in 1983 is to enhance contact and dialogue between researchers.

More information:

Leena Svinhufvud
[email protected]
M +358 (0)40 535 7777

Pekka Korvenmaa
[email protected]

M +358 (0)50 5051154


new Art new Audiences Scheme 2016 – Now Open

This award scheme is administered through the British Council. The British Council is an international organisation with the purpose of providing educational opportunities and securing cultural relations. new Art new Audiences makes up one of the three funding opportunities of the British Council’s East Africa Arts Programme, which is British Council’s framework for working with Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and the United Kingdom.

The intention behind this grant scheme is to build connections between modern East African and British culture in order to increase knowledge and understanding within the creative industries. It is expected that this scheme will allow artists to make new partnerships. Projects should produce new art either within or across the relevant art forms.

Artists, musicians, film makers and cultural organisations are eligible to apply. The art form in question should fall within one of the following categories: architecture, design fashion, film, music, dance and theatre, creative economy, cultural skills unit, literature and visual arts. Individuals may apply as long as they have sufficient experience of managing projects of a significant, comparable scale. They should also have a bank account.

Projects should work across two East African countries and one country in the United Kingdom and should be conceptualised, managed and administered by one East African or United Kingdom based partner. The audience and participants who will be involved within the project should be between the ages of 18 and 35. The applicant may however be of any age.

Grants worth between £2,000 and £20,000 are available. Expression of interest forms can be downloaded from the British Council website. After the deadline has passed, the judging panel will prepare a shortlist who will then be invited to submit full new Art new Audiences application forms. Partnership will need to be secured by this stage. Successful projects should run within a twelve month period between October 2016 and September 2017. Match funding may be available for some projects.

The deadline for expression of interest forms will be 31 July 2016.

Follow this link for further information and guidance: 


Call for Papers: DRAWING

Friday 18th & Saturday 19th November 2016

University of Chester, Riverside Innovation Centre

This is a call for papers for researchers, artists, practitioners and educators. The following suggestions may help delegates in preparing their papers:

  • Drawing as research/research through drawing
  • Drawing and the senses
  • Drawing and affect
  • Drawing futures
  • The therapeutic power of drawing in education
  • Contemporary approaches to drawing
  • Drawing as an expanded practice
  • Drawing as a socially engaged practice
  • Inclusive/exclusive practices through drawing
  • Generating knowledge through drawing
  • Collaborative practices in drawing
  • Drawing in the context of co-design practices
  • Pedagogies of drawing
  • Interdisciplinary drawing practices
  • Technology as drawing
  • Digital drawing
  • Politics of drawing
  • Aesthetics and the assessment of drawing
  • The body and drawing
  • Drawing as a reflective practice
  • Visualisation and drawing
  • Theorising drawing/drawing and its relationship to theory
  • Drawing and comics/graphic novels
  • Drawing and material culture
  • Exploring the relationship between drawing and space
  • Thinking through drawing

80 – 100 WORD ABSTRACTS TO BE SENT TO [email protected] BY 31st JULY 2016


For Delegates (Including Speakers )

Early registration by 31st August 2016

£200 (£180 NSEAD members, £100 students and unwaged)

Registration from 1st September 2016

£225 (£200 NSEAD members, £100 students and unwaged)

Fee includes all day Friday and Saturday sessions, refreshments and lunch, but does not include accommodation or evening dinners.

There is no single day rate.

For questions about the conference or to make payment via invoice please contact:

[email protected]

There will be a £15 cancellation fee and no refunds can be given after 31st September 2016. Please note that the conference is non-profit making and all fees are used for conference costs.

Please book via the following link:


Special Talk : Future and Historical Time of Socio Internationally Related Arts

This event is a Special Talk by Artists , Reserachers and Curators who rerated history about Millbank penitentiary, and engaged international society through the history of remains in Millbank.

Malcolm Quinn (Associate Dean
of CCW/Researcher)
Jane Kennedy (Record Manager of Tate Britain)
Fran Cottell (Senior Lecturer of CCW/Artist)
Eiko Honda (Curator)
Kenji Yamada (Artist)
And Special Guest

Date: 19th July 3 – 5pm

Place of event:
Morpeth Arms / 58 Millbank, London SW1P 4RW

In the turmoil of today’s world, what kind of a role does art and culture play with regards to the relationship between nations and local history? With various scales of community consciousness, and a situation where communication styles among people are evolving in sync with constant technical innovations, what kind of a commons discussion or consciousness platform do the arts create for international relations?

This time we are inviting artists, researchers and curators who are deeply involved internationally between the U.K. and Asia/Oceania including local history of Millbank, and are planning an overlapping discussion about the “role of international relations and art around Millbank Penitentiary,” and “the change in internationality between the U.K. and Australia since the 19th century, and the role of art/architecture.” Clarifying how international relations have matured in the past 200 years, what kind of a universality is there?, How could a methodology evolve for artists and researcher both inside and outside of the U.K. in their approach to international relations, unfolding through lectures and discussions concerning the future prospects and possibilities?

This event will use the pub ‘Morpeth Arms’ that remains in the basement of a historic 19th century structure near the Chelsea College of Arts, sharing all rooms of the building through an image relay that utilizes the old structure. Based on technical cooperation with Miyu Hayashi(Artist), a recording production and concept making is planned by the artistic director Kenji Yamada(Artist). This talk’s archive will be shown on his solo show from 25th of July.

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British Academy Sustainable Development Programme

The British Academy Sustainable Development Programme, open to UK researchers, will provide grants to interdisciplinary, policy-oriented UK research, aimed at addressing the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and advancing the UK’s Aid Strategy.

Focusing on the areas of sustainable governance, sustainable growth and sustainable human development, it will:

  • fund grants that deliver research excellence with development impact, aimed at reducing poverty and advancing socio-economic development,
  • strengthen the evidence base on what works in addressing sustainable development goals,
  • provide the evidence and insights needed to enable policymakers to design and implement effective interventions in developing countries.

Value: Up to £360,000

Deadline: 20 July 2016 (!) – this is the deadline for outline applications


Global Challenges Research Fund, Building Resilience Call

The call is open to proposals addressing resilience to natural and man-made environmental hazards in a range of developing world contexts. The focus is on how to build resilience in relation to both sudden and slow-onset environmental hazards (eg land-degradation, deforestation, drought, hurricanes, climate change) taking into account the intersections and relationships with other contexts such as conflict and fragility, poverty and famine, urbanisation, economics and health / disease risks.

Value: up to £250,000

Deadline: 1 Nov 2016


Open Call for Applications: Winston Churchill Fellowships 2017

Applications are now open for the 2017 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships, which include a strand for Designers in partnership with the British Council. This is the third and final year of the partnership.

The Design Fellowships are awarded for projects that add to international collaboration and understanding, and also bring back knowledge and best practice for the benefit of others in the UK. Designers in the following applied arts are eligible to apply:

  • Architecture
  • Interiors
  • Product
  • Graphic Design

Successful applicants will be able to apply to the British Council’s Architecture Design Fashion department for a follow-up grant to help with events, exhibitions and further international collaboration to further the outcomes of their Churchill Fellowship.

2016 Fellows in the Design category include:

  • Marc Cairns, Pidgin Perfect. The multidisciplinary designer, who is based in Glasgow, will be travelling to Albania, Serbia, Azerbaijan and Turkey investigating public engagement in architecture and planning.
  • Alexander Groves, Studio Swine. The London-based designer will be travelling to Brazil to research design projects which promote sustainable products from the Amazon Rainforest.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 20 September 2016.

Full details and how to apply can be found on the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust website.


UK – India 2017 Digital Open Call | British Council

Digital Project funding opportunity. British Council open call for project proposals for a seed funding opportntiy worth £10,000…
“In 2017, the UK and India will celebrate a major bilateral year of cultural exchange. India and the UK have a long and rich history.  The India – UK Year will enrich relationships at all levels of society, their institutions and government, building a shared future for generations to come.
This is the culmination of a five-year British Council programme to introduce a new, young, Indian audience to the best of contemporary UK creativity. We want to present the UK as a diverse, creative and contemporary country and reach a large audience across India during 2016 and 2017.
We have ambitious targets for our online audience – 10 million people in 2016 and 50 million people in 2017. In order to meet our ambitions the British Council is looking for brilliant, creative, digital ideas.
Projects can have any theme but must:
• Have creativity and culture at their heart
• Be intended for an audience primarily in India, though they can have a wider reach than this
• Respond to the aims and outcomes in the background section below.
In order to be eligible to apply, you must be based in the UK or India and have a track record of developing new digital projects or experiences that have successfully reached new audiences (though not necessarily at this scale before).
Five projects will be selected for seed funding of £10,000 each by the end of June. In return for this seed funding, we would like to see a prototype or proof of concept of your project that we can test with potential audiences in September/October 2016. Following user testing in the autumn, we will make a number of commissions based on potential audiences and costs of the projects. Full commissions must launch during 2017.
For full background and application details please download our open call briefing here.
Ext: 7124