Friday, 18 February 2011


Two upcoming conferences will allow me the opportunity to share my research with a different audience. The first, 'Boundaries? New Histories of Art, Architecture and Design' is a postgraduate conference at the University of Bristol, organised by the RX - Research Exchange in History of Art group. I will be presenting a 20 minute paper titled 'Tapestry and Beyond: Claire Barclay's quick, slow'. I am really looking forward to meeting research students from other universities and having the opportunity to discuss my research with people working in a different area. The abstract for my paper can be read here.

quick, slow (detail), Claire Barclay, 2010, tapestry woven by David Cochrane, Dovecot Studios
A few weeks later I will be at the 'Pairings: Conversations, Collaborations and Materials' conference at Manchester School of Art. The paper will explore the relationship between Dovecot and Harold Cohen. The abstract for this paper can be found here.
Untitled (detail), 1965, designed by Harold Cohen, woven at Dovecot Studios. City Art Centre: City of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries. Currently on display in Currie Library.
 The conference organisers recently updated the website with names of the key speakers and a list of provisional speakers. It is quite daunting seeing my name up there with some very prominent academics! I am particularly looking forward to hearing Glenn Adamson, as well as textile artist Alice Kettle. Lesley Millar, from the University of the Creative Arts, will also be very interesting - last year she spoke at a Warp and Weft Symposium in Wales and her knowledge of contemporary textiles is expansive.

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