Call For Papers : Material Encounters Summer Colloquium | 7th July 2021 Uncertain knowledge(s)

An artist’s working process is a hidden yet significant journey: it is where ambiguous and uncertain knowledge(s) are given the opportunity to bediscovered through materiality and encounter. The artist’s process itself is also a highly valuable practice of research, actively enabling new yetpotentially slippery knowledge(s) to emerge through reflection, the synthesis of ideas and the [...]


 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 [...]

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 tools [...]

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 [...]

Online coming soon…

Next week I hope to announce some upcoming online events for Cluster members that will keep intellectual discussions flowing whilst we work remotely. I am in the process of setting up a few different events to support your research activities and interests. Stay safe and healthy everyone.