Works in progress

We are currently looking for contributions from cluster members to feature your works in progress on the Material Encounters website. It would be really helpful if you could let us know what you are working on at the moment by sending us some images and texts about your works. It may sound ambitious, but weContinue reading “Works in progress”


From 10 – 17 December 2020, Jennifer Ng presented ‘Peranakan Whispers’ at The Substation Gallery in  Singapore. The “Blackboard Schemes” Exhibition featured artists of the Fertile Art Refinery (FAR), creating an experimental and process-centric platform to promote collective reflexivity and connectivity. This organic unity with a multiplicity of practices by 30 artists include themes such as societyContinue reading “Whisperings”


 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 theContinue reading “EXPRESSION 30”

Impact Printmaking Journal

The IMPACT Printmaking 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-GeanContinue reading “Impact Printmaking Journal”

PRACTICE-SHARING EVENT: Unknowing, Process and Material Thinking

1st December 2020 | 14:00-15:00 GMT | Online | The next Material Encounters cluster event will focus on practice-sharing where cluster members will talk about their research practice for up to 5 minutes, using a ‘piece’ of their practice as a starting point. This could be, for example, an image, object or piece of sound;Continue reading “PRACTICE-SHARING EVENT: Unknowing, Process and Material Thinking”

Association for Art History annual conference

Bringing together current research and critical debate about art, art history and visual cultures Online EventWednesday 14 – Saturday 17 April 2021 Who should attend the 2021 Annual Conference?The Annual Conference is open to all.  If you are doing research about art, art history or visual culture this online event is a perfect opportunity toContinue reading “Association for Art History annual conference”

DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP: Peer-review, publishing and editorial roles

17th November 2020 | 15:00-16:00 GMT | Online | 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 EdwardContinue reading “DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP: Peer-review, publishing and editorial roles”

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 theirContinue reading “Thinking Through Drawing”

Drawing as a Research Tool

As we have a number of researchers who are interested in Drawing Research, we thought that you might be interested in this Volume of Studies in Material Thinking (sadly no longer funded): There are other volumes but this one focuses on Drawing as a Research Tool. Perhaps a reading gathering might also be aContinue reading “Drawing as a Research Tool”

Devious Tools

Blame the Tools:  Crafty Robots, Well-behaved Implements and Disobedient Devices 2-6pm, 8 October 2020 (NEW DATE) ONLINE There has been a long-standing recognition in the arts, humanities, and the social sciences, of the importance of tools and implements, and the ways in which they are used to create, transform and enhance objects. The character of these toolsContinue reading “Devious Tools”