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27 April - The Matter of Material Conference

‘The Matter of Material’

is a conference hosted by Turner Contemporary, Margate in collaboration with the International Textile Research Centre University for the Creative Arts, to be held on Thursday 27th April 2017.

Held alongside the ‘Entangled: Threads and making’ exhibition’, this conference brings together academic researchers, makers and curators to discuss the role of textiles in contemporary art practice. The Conference will discuss the use of fabric in art, how textile can be seen as a piece of beautifully designed cloth; as contributing to the expanded field of textile art; or be appropriated for a particular work. Cloth is a universal material we love it and understand it, yet we overlook, and sometimes dismiss it as (im)material.

Keynote speakers:

Catherine Harper is Professor of Textiles and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University of Chichester. Editor-in-Chief of the Routledge journal TEXTILE: Cloth & Culture, she is also editor of and contributor to the four-volume Textiles: Critical and Primary Sources (Bloomsbury 2012) and author of a monograph, Intersex (Berg, 2007). She has published several chapters and scholarly articles, most recently in O’Brien and Moran’s Love Objects and Taylor & Francis’ Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. A visual artist originally, Catherine’s sculpture, performance and public arts practice has been exhibited in UK and Ireland, the US and Canada, Russia, France, Germany, Finland and Japan.

Freddie Robins is an artist who challenges our perception of knitting as craft. Her work is internationally renowned, her practice crossing the boundaries of art, design and craft. She lives and works in Essex and London. She studied at Middlesex Polytechnic (1984-87) and the Royal College of Art (1987-89) where she is now Senior Tutor and Reader in Textiles.

Other speakers include:

Beverly Ayling-Smith: The bedsheet – from linen cupboard to art gallery.

Maxine Bristow: Medium (un)specificity as material agency – the productive indeterminacy of matter/material.

Catherine Dormor: The Event of a Stitch.

Shelly Goldsmith: Looking beyond the warp and weft: unpicking latent narratives in clothing. 

Registration for the conference is now open

The conference fee is £25. There are a limited number of student places at £15; these will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis. A light lunch as well as morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided.

Turner Contemporary opens at 10.00 for delegates wishing to see ‘Entangled: Treads and Making’ before the conference. There will also be an opportunity to visit during the lunch break. There is no parking at Turner Contemporary but there is parking nearby at College Square (Morrison's multi storey) CT9 1QA, and at Trinity Square CT9 1HR   

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