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40 people attended this event, which was held at Edinburgh College of Art in association with VARIE and ICON Scotland.

Symposium of the working group Modern Materials in Collections: Scotland

MATERIAL MATTERS: Materiality in Contemporary Art

20 November 2008

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 were the issues discussed at the symposium organised by the Modern Materials in Collections: Scotland (MMiC:S) working group in collaboration with VARIE and ECA. The event will take place at Edinburgh College of Art on 20 November 2008. 

Speakers during the event included: Daniel Herrmann of National Galleries Scotland, Dr Petra Lange-Berndt of University College of London, Dr Erma Hermens and Rebecca Erdal of University of Glasgow, Professor Will MacLean MBE RSA and Glen Onwin RSA.


The morning was 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 was recorded and we intend to make the presentations available to a wider audience.


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



To view abstracts of the symposium presentations, click here








This workshop took place on 26th November 2007 and was attended by over 40 people in Edinburgh


Modern Materials in Collections:
Scotland (MMiC:S) Network – Launch

 Date: 9th November 2006

 Venue:University of
St Andrews. Hosted by: Museums, Galleries and Collections Institute,School of
Art History
 Do you have any plastics, nylon, acrylics, rubber, CDs, DVDs or synthetics in your collections? Are you thinking about collecting a contemporary sculpture made from perspex?  Or acquiring a large donation of Irn Bru cans?  If so, a new subject specialist network focusing on modern materials in collections will interest you. The MMiC:S Network is open to all and will cover issues of particular interest to people who manage and develop collections, including volunteers, curators and conservators. The launch meeting will include a keynote speaker and several case studies, illustrating modern materials and the issues they raise in different collections. There will also be opportunity for participants to discuss and exchange views. The launch meeting is your opportunity to shape the network’s development and contribute to these highly topical areas.       

Network wants

General comments from the day

Q and A from the day

A list of forthcoming events.


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