CERAMICS IN THE EXPANDED FIELD – CONFERENCE
The conference Ceramics in the Expanded Field will examine how ceramic practice….
has broadened over the last decade, initiating new forms of experimental practice and dialogues within the museum environment.
This conference marks the culmination of the AHRC-funded project ‘Ceramics in the Expanded Field: Behind the Scenes at the Museum’ and is organized by co-investigators Christie Brown, Professor of Ceramics, Research Fellows Dr Julian Stair and Clare Twomey, and Laura Breen, the AHRC-funded doctoral student.
As part of CitEF, Brown, Stair and Twomey have worked closely with the Freud Museum in London, York Museums Trust and Plymouth City Museum and Gallery to produce three practice based projects that animated the museums’ historical collections.
In tandem with the conference, they will also present a three-person exhibition in the University of Westminster Marylebone site space Ambika P3 from 15–19 July, which will explore the impact these projects have had on their respective practices.
Four half-day sessions will explore the following themes.
Museum as Context
What opportunities does the museum context offer ceramics practitioners? How does the museum operate in dialogue with ceramic practice? Can contemporary ceramic practice animate historical collections? How can we contextualize the relationship between ceramic practice and the museum within wider art practice?
How can ceramics practitioners engage museum audiences? How do audiences construct/draw meaning from or complete ceramic works? Do tensions arise from the intersection of pedagogy and practice?
Curation and Authorship
What are appropriate models for ceramic practitioners to engage with curatorial practice? Where is the line between curatorial and artistic authorship? How can this relationship shape the discourse around ceramics?
Process and Material
How can an appreciation of process and material be fostered in the museum? Is this a significant concern? What challenges does this pose to practitioners, curators and audiences? Can we develop new understandings of ceramics by engaging with these issues?
Confirmed participants will include:
James Beighton, Senior Curator, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Laura Breen, PhD student, University of Westminster
Christie Brown, Professor of Ceramics, University of Westminster
Glen R. Brown, Professor of Art History, Kansas State University
Phoebe Cummings, Artist
Dr Tanya Harrod, Freelance writer and art historian
Martina Margetts, Senior Tutor, Critical and Historical Studies, R C A
Ezra Shales, Associate Professor, Massachussetts College of Art and Design
Dr Julian Stair, Principal Research Fellow, University of Westminster
Clare Twomey, Research Fellow, University of Westminster
Call for Papers and deadline for abstracts – EXTENDED
Scholars and practitioners from any relevant disciplines are invited to submit proposals for papers that interrogate ideas of ceramic display and intervention, divergent forms of practice, curation and museology within ‘the expanded field’.
We welcome proposals for papers of a maximum of 25 minutes or 3000 words. Send abstracts of no more than 250 words. They must include the presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal address, together with the title of the paper and a 150 word biographical note on the presenter. Abstracts should be sent to Helen Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org and arrive no later than Friday 28 March 2014.
Programme and registration
This conference will take place from 4.00pm on Thursday 17 July to Saturday 19 July 2014.
Full conference: Standard rate £200. One day rate £110.
Full conference: Student rate £90. One day rate £65.
This covers all conference documentation, refreshments, lunch, receptions and administration costs.
University of Westminster, Hogg Lecture Theatre, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS