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2012 International Conference: Give and Take

There’s still time to join us for the North Lands Creative Glass 2012 International Conference. Taking place on Saturday 8, Sunday 9 September, the programme explores conceptual and stylistic exchanges over time, between different cultures and media.

You can still book a place through our website or email info@northlandsglass.com or call 01593 721229

We hope to see you there!

The full programme:

9.15 Welcome, opening remarks
9.30 ‘Postmodernism’ – Keynote Presentation. Jane Pavitt is Head of the History of Design Programme and Dean of the School of Humanities at the Royal College of Art. Former Research Fellow at the V&A, she was responsible for many exhibitions. Her presentation will outline the thinking behind the V&A’s 2011 exhibition Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 in relation to ‘Give and Take’, the conference theme. Postmodernism was the first exhibition to explore the international impact of the style on art, design, architecture, film, video and performance.
Spanning a broad range of subject areas including fashion, craft, graphics, furniture and product design, the exhibition research aimed to uncover the histories behind the conception, making, dissemination and reception of postmodern artefacts and images. It explored the complex and often controversial debates within these design disciplines in the 1970s and 1980s. She will explain the research processes behind the exhibition, exploring postmodernism’s potential to foster interdisciplinarity, and the continuing legacy of postmodernism for design today.
10.30 Morning coffee
11.15 ‘Interventions in Nature’. Angela Jarman says: ‘ My work has always been influenced by the natural world, and the biological aspects within it. I’m trying to create pieces which have a sense of beauty, but which also have a quality about them which makes them slightly strange and disturbing, a lurking sense of unease, something uncomfortable, sinister.’ In her lecture Angela will offer an insight into her work, her sources of inspiration and her thoughts about glass as a material.
12.15 In a change to the advertised programme, Rupert Faulkner who is Senior Curator, Japan, in the Asian Department of the V&A will speak about the current V&A display ‘Kitty and the Bulldog: Lolita fashion and the influence of Britain’. The display explores the way in which British fashion – notably Victoriana, Punk and Gothic – has influenced the development of Japan’s ‘Lolita’ style, a cult fashion movement whose defining feature has been its preoccupation with cuteness, or ‘kawaii’. Rupert’s publications include Japanese Studio
Crafts: Tradition and the Avant-Garde (1995), with an exhibition of the same title. He is often a jury member at domestic and international ceramics competitions.
13.15 Lunch
14.30 ‘African Aesthetics: Beauty and Ugliness from Sub-Saharan Perspectives’. Ever since the early 20th century, when the European avant-garde started to show interest, African art has been increasingly appreciated in the West for its aesthetic qualities. But how do Africans themselves evaluate their artistic expressions? What counts as aesthetic quality in the eyes of the original producers and users of the masks and figures that have so fascinated the West? In this lecture we will be considering African conceptions of beauty and the ways these are realised in works of art.
Attention will be given to the relationship between aesthetics and ethics as well as to the religious function of beauty in African cultures. The discussion will also focus on the reverse of beauty, addressing the contexts in which intentionally ugly art forms function in traditional Sub-Saharan African societies. Wilfried van Damme teaches World Art Studies at Leiden Univerisity and African Art at Ghent Univeristy. He is an Extraordinary Professor at Tilburg University.
15.30 ‘Give and Take’. Jacqueline Poncelet will talk about the need to Give and Take in the context of public art commissions. She will give examples from the different projects she has undertaken over the last 14 years. No two projects have been the same. They have varied in every possible way from the size of the project, the materials, the context, the relationship to the commissioning parties and the time taken to complete each one. The only constant has been the need to Give and Take.
16.30 Tea and Lybster Harbour – for demonstrations of traditional skills and ‘Glass Games’ events
18.00 Opening of the Scottish Glass Society Exhibition.
20.00 Dinner and Conference Party

9.15 ‘Fashion loves Art: A Passionate Affair’. Remember Yves Saint Laurent’s brightly coloured Mondriaan dresses of 1965 and the ‘OpArt’ mini dresses of the 1960s? They are vivid illustrations of the centuries-long love affair between fashion and art. Couturiers are past masters at capturing the contemporary ‘Zeitgeist’ in their designs, while artists have frequently used clothing as a way to give all-round expression to their aesthetic ideas. Madelief Hohé, Curator of the exhibition ‘Fashion loves Art: A Passionate Affair’, will explore some of the major themes in the show. From the 19th century, contemporary art has been strongly influencing fashion. She will discuss the reasons why that development has played so important a part in shaping identities and, specifically, how it is related to the increasing influence and freedom women now enjoy in society. Madelief Hohé is an art historian, author and curator of the Fashion and Costume Department at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in The Hague. There she has curated a number of exhibitions and has been responsible for the related publications.
10.15 Morning coffee
10.45 ‘Conceptual Mingling in the Space of Glass’. Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend says: ‘Painting and firing of glass is a very old craft usually associated with stained glass, religious architecture and a narrative tradition. What greater, relatively obscure field of historic convention to transgress! I have always been a painter dealing with the “space of glass” no matter what permutations the work has taken. My conceptual approach to painting on glass is a paradoxical one, a hybridization of unlikely methods, styles, and imagery that reflect on the complexities of life. There is the thought that at a certain point the contradictions portrayed in the work cease to be perceived as conflict and create a logic of their own. This presentation will reveal intention, sources and (probable) meaning in my glass constructions and paintings.’
11.45 ‘Glass Games’ events and demonstrations
13.15 Lunch
14.30 ‘I am in motion’. Paul Marioni says: ‘I have a surrealist’s attitude and work with the medium of glass for its distinct ability to capture and manipulate light to create an illusion. Most of my work has been figurative and about human nature: what we do, why we do it, how we ornament ourselves, our heroes, historical moments, humour, sexuality, exotic and/or lost cultures, and a constant questioning. My work is often and purposefully left open to interpretation. I don’t want to tell the viewer what to think, but rather cause them to think. Science is used to explain, I believe that art is meant to evoke and engage.’
15.30 Summing-up by Tina Oldknow.
15.45 ‘Glenfiddich’. Glenfiddich Distillery is a Speyside single malt whisky distillery owned by William Grant & Sons. Founded in 1886 by William Grant, whose ambition was to create the ‘best dram in the valley’, 120 years later the distillery is still owned and run by the fifth generation of the same family. Glenfiddich malt, in its distinctive triangular bottles, is sold in 180 countries worldwide. Since 1970, the Glenfiddich Food and Drink Awards have honoured distinguished writing and broadcasting on food and drink in the UK and, from 2002, Glenfiddich has funded an international Artist-in-Residence programme with participants from all parts of the world. Bert Macor will discuss the distillery’s history and dedication to craftsmanship, concluding his talk with a tasting. Dutchman Bert Macor is the Senior Guide of the Glenfiddich visitor centre, and a passionate ambassador and connoisseur of malt whisky. He owned a wine and whisky shop in the Netherlands and has lived in Scotland since 2006.
16.30 Concluding remarks
The 2012 Conference is sponsored by Corning Incorporated, USA

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Master Class and Conference Brochure

You can now see full details of our 2012 Master Class and Conference programme in our brochure

Master Class and Conference Booking Form

Master Classes for 2012 will be running between 29 August to 19 September.

We offer a total of four Master Classes, with two running concurrently before the Conference and two after. The first two Master Classes will run from 29 August to 6 September with Angela Jarman and Jacqui Poncelet. The second two Classes will run from 11 to 19 September with Paul Marioni and Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend.

Our International Conference ‘Give-and-Take’ will take place on Saturday 8, Sunday 9 September 2012. The conference will explore conceptual and stylistic exchanges over time, between different cultures and media.

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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

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Touching the Past

Not to be missed this year is North Lands Creative Glass annual international conference, bringing together the best of glass, art and craft to explore expansive themes in an inspirational environment .

This year’s conference takes place on 3rd and 4th September. The theme is ‘Touching the Past’ and includes speakers covering a broad range of topics exploring art, craft and curatorship. Artists present personal journeys and engage in contemporary creative discourse and discussion. You will also see demonstrations in the Studio by artists including conference speaker Cappy Thompson.

There is a packed programme with networking opportunities and social events including a conference party and castle visit.

Here is a breakdown of the 2 days.


9.30 Welcome. Opening Remarks

9.45 ‘Diaghilev in the Museum’ Keynote Presentation
Jane Pritchard, co-curator of the exhibiton ‘Diagilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929’, is Curator of Dance at the V&A. She has had a distinguished career recording and promoting many aspects of contemporary and historic dance.

10.45 Morning Coffee

11.15 ‘Following a Pattern – in Life and Death’
Award winning journalist Louise Tait will show how her fascination with the stories of the Ganseys of North East Scotland informs her new work.

11.45 ‘Out of Thin Air’
Michael Rogers title for his lecture, ‘Out of Thin Air’, refers to the impetus for his work and where it comes from. These are all the passing moments of life, which he seeks to capture and preserve in his work.

12.45 Lunch

14.00 ‘You can’t lay down your memories’
A new approach to how jewellery is considered by art historians and almost everybody else. Marjan Unger is an art historian and a publicist. She was head of ‘Free Design’ at the Sandburg Institute, the post-graduate course at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and in 2010 she received her doctorate in art history on the subject of jewellery.

15.00 ‘My mytho-poetic impulse’
Cappy Thompson says: ‘As a glass painter, I combine two ancient lineages in my work – that of the medieval artists who painted on stained glass and that of the Greek artisans who painted on clay pots. The panel and vessel forms I paint on pull my work in opposite directions.’

16.00 Tea and a guided tour of Sinclair Girnigoe Castle former seat of the Earls of Caithness.

19.30 Conference Party


9.30 ‘Long live the President’
Design, memory and propaganda. Paul Faber is an art historian, writer and senior curator of Africa at The Museum of the Tropics in Amsterdam. Paul will speak about prints, created after independence in Africa, that are fascinating examples of contemporary design, social communication and historical documents in one.

10.30 ‘Creatures born of the Bohemian Forest’
Ivana Šrámková’s colourful cast glass sculptures often depict fantasy animals. Ivana will offer us insights into her work, her motivations for making art, her thoughts about glass as a material and her lifelong joy in making.

11.30 Morning Coffee
Demonstrations in the Alastair Pilkington Studio including enamel painting by Cappy Thompson.

13.00 Lunch

14.15 ‘Borrowings’
Philip Eglin habitually references an eclectic array of historical and contemporary sources in a variety of media. His talk will focus on how through these ‘borrowings’ he endeavours to reinterpret and reinvigorate a broad range of art historical subjects, giving them a contemporary twist and thereby new meanings.

15.15 ‘A Time for Reflection’
Tessa Clegg is an applied artist firmly rooted in Modernist thinking. Over the years the attitude and approach to applied art have undergone significant and important changes. Tessa will discuss some of these changes, which in her opinion are both many and ominous.

15.45 Question Time
Panel discussion, led by Tina Oldknow Curator of Modern Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass.

16.30 Concluding remarks and drinks.

The Conference is sponsored in part by the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning USA.

Accommodation, bookings and general information:
Lorna MacMillan: Telephone: +44 (0)1593 721 229 Fax: +44 (0)1593 721 850
e-mail: info@northlandsglass.com

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