Crafts & Design Research Projects

International Society for Ceramic Art Education and Exchange Ceramics Symposium (ISCAEE)

ASHLEY HOWARD 2017
A biennial symposium which puts students on an equal platform with their lecturers and professors.  In 2017 it was held at UCA Farnham with the theme 'Interpreting History'.  It comprised published lectures from Clare Twomey, Steve Brown and Martina Margetts, a catalogued exhibition (ISBN 978-0-9930502-4-4) and demonstrations by Margaret O’ Rourke, Steve Brown and Dylan Bowen.   

Here and Now: tapestry today

LESLEY MILLAR 2017
Here & Now is the first major exhibition of international contemporary tapestry in England for over 20 years. Featuring work from 6 countries, it demonstrates the breadth of international commitment to contemporary tapestry and the ways in which the narrative heritage of the medium is used to engage with political, aesthetic and personal issues of current discourse.

Kawaii: Crafting the Japanese Culture of Cute

LESLEY MILLAR 2016
An exhibition shown in Farnham and Rugby with an accompanying catalogue and a symposium organised by the Japan Foundation completed this 3 year research programme into the Japanese culture of Kawaii. 

Material Symphysis

ASHLEY HOWARD 2016
Material Symphysis was a collaborative exhibition of crafts by staff from the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham and Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai). A symposium and an online catalogue supported the exhibition.

Working in Cloth

DIANA HARRISON 2016
In August 2016, Diana Harrison held a solo exhibition of her work, with an accompanying catalogue and public lecture, at the Crafts Study Centre Farnham.

The Erotic Cloth: Seduction and Fetishism

LESLEY MILLAR 2014
A Colloquium, arranged in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University explored the ways in which the qualities of cloth to seduce, conceal and reveal have been developed and exploited in art.  A book will be published in Spring 2018 (Bloomsbury).

 

The Contemporary Crafts of Iceland

SIMON OLDING 2014
Research funding enabled Professors Olding and Millar to travel to Iceland to identify and develop links with local contemporary craft practitioners at the cutting edge of their practice.  A selection of work was selected for an exhibition to be held in the Crafts Study Centre in 2018. 

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