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.

Opportunity, deadline 20/12/19 – for those identifying as Women (see following)

When: 6 to 8pm, 6 & 20 January, 3 & 17 February, and 2 & 16 March 2020Where: Live Art Development Agency, The Garrett Centre, 117A Mansford Street, London E2 6LX.Web: event: Working Group for all identifying Women from Working / Benefit / Under / Council Class backgrounds. LADA is delighted to be hosting Women Working [...]

Conference and Micro commissions call

CFP for conference and artist micro-commissions:  'Art and the Rural Imagination' 25 March 2020  Location: New Forest Arts University Bournemouth & More Than Ponies (MTP) ‘The rural’ has become a central concern in contemporary art practice and discourse. Artists today frequently make work in or about rural locations, producing startling visions and radical conceptions of [...]

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 [...]

Drawing Collaborations

The Hills have Shadows event with Midlands Arts Centre Director Deborah Kermode and Canadian Collaborative Drawers Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane was as exciting had been anticipated. Introduced by cluster lead Dr Catherine Baker MAC Director Debbie Kermode, gave a warm and valuable background to the curation of the Canadian duo's show. She also gave [...]


The first Cluster session this term promises to be insightful, informative and interactive with Canadian Drawing Collaborators Jim Holyoak, Matt Shane and Deborah Kermode, Artistic Director and CEO of MAC who has curated THE HILL ARE SHADOWS. The show features massive drawings from global locations and a live new drawing being made over 5 weeks. [...]