Monthly Archives: September 2011

International Conference 2011 – Touching the Past

Touching the Past was the theme of this year’s International Conference. The North Lands Conference is unlike most other conferences. Its aim is to bring together the best of glass, art and craft to explore expansive themes in an inspirational environment.

What you get is a multi-layered experience encompassing eloquent speakers covering an eclectic mix of topics, stimulating conversation and discussion with a wonderfully diverse range of delegates. All this set in a truly inspirational environment and landscape, with warm and friendly local people.

The Conference doesn’t focus exclusively on glass although features artists including Master Class leaders talking about their work and inspiration. The other talks are wide ranging in subject matter, this year saw topics of an art historical approach to jewellery, the local history of herring fishing and the women workers and their gansey knitting, African traditions of commemorative printed textiles, and a presentation from keynote speaker Jane Pritchard of the V&A about Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes and the challenges of creating an exhibition which brings theatrical material to life. You can see the full programme here

Added to the mix was traditional entertainment in a Conference party come Scottish ceilidh, and a tour of the impressive Sinclair Girnigoe Castle ruin.

The Conference is a remarkable and once tried, never forgotten experience in a wonderful location.

You can see more photos from the event in our Flickr set

If you were there, we’d love to see some of your photos in our Flickr group pool

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Visit from Rob Gibson and Gail Ross

We were very pleased to welcome Rob Gibson, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, and Councillor Gail Ross to North Lands during our 1st and 2nd master classes. They were shown round the current exhibition and permanent collection displays and given a tour of the Studio. They chatted to some of the participants and Masters, before seeing an impressive selection of work that had been produced in the classes.

It was our pleasure to show them around and explain about the work done at North Lands, and we look forward to their next visit.

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More Master Classes….

We have just started our 3rd and 4th master classes of this year’s programme: ‘Out of Thin Air’ with Michael Rogers, and ‘Painting on Glass: Developing a Personal Iconography’ with Cappy Thompson. The participants are all very busy and hard at work.

We’ve been adding photos from the previous classes to our Flickr stream and will be adding pics from the conference soon.

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