Curator Sandy Wood’s forthcoming exhibition on the role of materials in contemporary sculptural practice

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Material Rites

Curated by Sandy Wood

RBS Galleries: 12 January – 11 February 2011

Gemma Coyle, FOUND, Scott Laverie, Lyndsay Mann, David McAllister, Gordon Munro RSA ARBS & Ewan Robertson, Bill Scott PRSA FRBS, Derek Sutherland

Material Rites presents new work in diverse media from a group of emerging and established Scottish based artists. Each of the artists selected demonstrate unique material aptitudes that impact upon the development of their work. They all engage with the material world around us in a different fashion. By bringing them together this exhibition emphasizes the influence materials can have on an artist and the work they create. Through a considered and coherent approach to investigating how material values are a force in each artist’s practice, Material Rites unearths the knowledge which can help give the viewer a fresh system of interpretation.

Curators Talk: Wednesday 9 February 2011

6.30 – 8.30pm





Thanks to all who helped make the Material Matters symposium at Edinburgh College of Art a great success.

The proceedings were recorded and we will make transcripts of the presentations available online in the near future (pending copyright clearance).  Check back soon!





















To view the programme of proceedings for the event, click here


To view abstracts of the symposium presentations, click here



MATERIAL MATTERS: Materiality in Contemporary Art

Symposium of the working group Modern Materials in Collections: Scotland

20 November 2008, Edinburgh College of Art

How do you make, preserve and interpret contemporary art made with non-traditional materials? What are the challenges and how are they overcome by artists, conservators and curators? What are the implications and opportunities for art education in Scotland? These are the issues that will be discussed at a symposium organised by the Modern Materials in Collections: Scotland (MMiC:S) working group in collaboration with VARIE and ECA.

Speakers confirmed for the event are: Daniel Herrmann and Jacqueline Ridge of National Galleries Scotland, Dr Petra Lange-Berndt of University College of London, Dr Erma Hermens and Rebecca Gordon of University of Glasgow, Professor Will MacLean MBE RSA and Glen Onwin RSA.

The morning will be given over to papers, with topics including the semantics of materials, the neglect of materiality in traditional art history, conservation challenges posed by non-traditional materials and the artistic production process. In the afternoon a number of break-out sessions will give an opportunity to explore some of these issues in more detail. The event will be recorded and we intend to make the presentations available to a wider audience.


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