Crafting Futures: Day One

This page contains details about all the talks given on day one of Crafting Futures. This page includes speaker biographies, summaries of their talks and  audio files for the presentations.

Keynote: Paul Greenhalgh, Director Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia

Paul Greeenhalgh was formerly head of research at Londonʼs Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum, President of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Director and President of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design in Washington DC. Paul Greenhalghʼs specialist areas are the fine and decorative arts 1850 to 1940, the history of exhibitions, the history of western ceramics, and modern and contemporary craft. His books include Ephemeral Vistas (1989), Modernism in Design (1993), Art Nouveau 1890-1914 (2000), The Persistence of Craft (2003) and The Modern Ideal (2005). He earned his undergraduate degree in fine art and art history from the University of Reading in 1978, and completed a masterʼs degree at the Courtauld Institute, University of London, in 1980. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Brighton.  Paul’s provocative talk drew attention to the overarching politics of craft. He describes how craft’s persistence is the underlying ethos behind everyday making, and not reducible to genres within the craft

Listen: Paul Greenhalgh

Jason Cleverly

Jason Cleverly is Course leader for Contemporary Crafts at University College Falmouth. He also designs and makes interactive sculptural pieces, exhibiting nationally and internationally. For some time he has developed a series of site-specific interpretive interactives for museums and museum collections, designed to engender collaboration and co-participation.

Julia Twomlow

Julia Twomlow is Director of the Leach Pottery in St Ives, historic home and workplace of Bernard Leach. The site includes the historic workshop and kiln, a contemporary gallery and a purpose built production pottery creating a new range of tableware. Recently the pottery has acquired additional premises in which to develop a research and education wing. Julia started her professional life in performing arts as a performer and theatre manager. In 2004 she was awarded one of the first Fellowships with the Clore Leadership Programme. Alongside the Leach Pottery, she continues to work with Clore as a course facilitator. Her talk details the reopening of the Leach Pottery and the opportunities and challenges facing contemporary craft projects, including finding funding, running a working pottery and setting up apprenticeships.

Listen: Julia Twomlow

Phil Crang

Philip Crang is Professor of Cultural Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London. He was Principal Investigator of the AHRC funded Fashioning Diaspora Space project, funded via the AHRCʼs Diasporas, Migration and Identities programme. His talk details the process that brought together an interdisciplinary team based at Royal Holloway, University of London and the V&A Museum to consider the presence of South Asian textiles in British culture, both past and present. He discusses the relations between artistic crafts, diasporic identities and other cultural mobilities.

Listen: Philip Crang


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