A Big Draw award

Remember Jim, Matt and Deb? Canadian Artists Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane shared their drawing experiences with the Cluster in 2019 as they took a day out from their immense all gallery drawings at Mac Birmingham. Debbie Kermode the CEO and Artistic Director of Mac shared with us the curation history behind the show and [...]


 From the Expression Editors: It is a pleasure to offer you a complimentary copy of EXPRESSION 30.    This issue, the fourth one to appear during the Coronavirus pandemic,    faces a crucial theme, that of identity, which bothers a large   percentage of the human beings, of societies and of nations. It also    concerns students and scholars, trying to define the [...]

Print Journal Published

The IMPACT Print Journal has been published online. In is the second edition of the journal borne of the IMAPACT Print Biennale that is in its twentieth year. Some ME members will know of IMPACT as they have participated in the international Conferences, most recently in Santander in 2018. The Journal is edited by Wuon-Gean [...]

Drawing is Free

There is a online event this evening at 5-6pm. It is a mix of discussion and drawing. It is hosted by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 and the Cooper Gallery at the University of Dundee. It is a launch of a series of free online events and will feature Chloe Briggs in conversation [...]


WRITING WORKSHOP : Peer-review, publishing and editorial roles Cluster members, PGR and ADM BCU staff are invited to join us for the first in a series of Cluster Writing Workshops that will take place over the coming academic year. This informal session will include feedback from two current doctoral students, Harriet Carter and Edward (Jonnie)Turpie, [...]

Thinking Through Drawing

‘Teaching drawing online: a showcase of examples and resources for artists and educators’ Material Encounters member Chloe Regan delivered a workshop with the University of the West of England Drawing Research Group on ‘Teaching drawing online: a showcase of examples and resources for artists and educators’ at Thinking Through Drawing Symposium 2020.  Contributors to the workshop presented their [...]

Post-webinar thoughts: How can art be a practice of research?

HOW CAN ART BE A PRACTICE OF RESEARCH was presented by guest speaker Professor Timothy Ingold, world renowned Anthropologist and author of books including: Lines (2016), Making (2013), Being Alive (2011) and The Perception of the Environment (2000). Introduction Dr Catherine Baker The premise of the webinar was that it is a commonplace that scientists [...]


Lockdown is difficult. No doubt about it. For artist and researchers alike it is not easy to focus on intellectual or artistic work. If one is a practice-based researcher, as many material encounters members are, our practice has to be undertaken at home rather than in the studio or Art school facilities. Our reading and [...]

Celebrating Soha AlZaid’s Research

Beyond the Curtain is a great success. The exhibition captures Soha's printmaking practice as it reflects her research into the visual representation of the Ka'ba and its covering the Kiswa. The Ka'ba is the most sacred site in Islam and at the centre of Islam's most important mosque, Great Mosque of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Soha's printmaking [...]