Contemporary drawing symposium

We are working up a Contemporary Drawing symposium programme coinciding with Canadian Drawing Artists Matt Shane and Jim Holyoak at Midlands Arts Centre in September 2019. There will be a range of academic and practice opportunities for cluster members to contribute and participate in. In and outdoors.

The gloomy worlds of this artistic duo create phantasmagorical ecosystems on the verge of reality. The Who’s Haunts immerses the viewer in a house engulfed by the entropic forces of nature. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, pavillon Pierre Lassonde
© Jim Shane Holyoak and Matt Shane, The Who’s Haunts, 2018
The recent Ways of Belonging show at MAC featured BCU Graduates
Sabiheh Awanzai Mahmoud, FreeHandFanatic, Farwa Moledina and Anisa Fazal

DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP: Impact, collaboration and working internationally

16th January 2019 | 16:00-18:00 GMT | Birmingham School of Art |

Using the School of Art’s recent representation at IMPACT10 in Santander, Spain as a starting point, the second session from the Material Encounters Research Cluster will focus on the development of shared international outputs between research staff and doctoral researchers as a key strategy for the development of ambitious collegiate, future projects.

4pm | Catherine Baker ~ Catherine will introduce the successful Diverso ENCUENTROS submission for IMPACT10 and plans for future 2020 submissions.

4.40 | Jonnie Turpie ~ PGR Student Jonnie will discuss the impact that attendance at this event had on his practice-based research, extension of research networks and on becoming part of an international community of print-based researchers.

5.00 | Soha AlZaid ~ PGR Student Soha will present her latest research paper, to be published as part of the IMPACT10 conference proceedings in the very near future.

5.20pm | Jacqueline Taylor ~ Jacqueline Taylor will discuss her collaborative international project Otherlands at the University of Memphis and facilitate discussion of future projects for the Material Encounters cluster.

We hope that you can join us to discuss the ways in which we can extend involvement in future event(s) planning and networking opportunities through the Material Encounters Research Cluster.


10th October 2019 | 16:00-18:00 GMT | Birmingham School of Art |

The first Material Encounters research seminar took place back in October and was led by artist and researcher Flora Parrott.

The event consisted of a talk by Flora about her interdisciplinary practice-based research and was followed by an interactive workshop exploring interdisciplinary, collaboration and materiality.

Bio: Flora Parrott is an artist and researcher currently undertaking a TECHNE funded PhD between the Geography Department at Royal Holloway University London and the Printmaking Department at The Royal College of Art. Her work looks at notions of the subterranean, the restructuring of the senses in the dark and conceptions of reality and fiction. The work is often developed in collaboration with experts working in other fields, Parrott is interested in experimenting with the conference format by organising interdisciplinary, thematic events that take place within the exhibition environment. Previous exhibitions include Wysing Arts Centre, Atelier Fidalga , Såo Paulo, The Earth Science Museum, USP, Såo Paulo, The Bluecoat, Norwich Castle Museum and Tintype London. In 2016 Parrott was the Artist In Residence at Royal Geographic Society-IBG developing a project about natural caves and caving titled ‘Swallet’. A publication of the same name has been designed and published with Camberwell Press.