Key Notes & Referees

KEYNOTE CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

We are pleased to announce confirmation of our main conference Keynote Speakers:

Glenn Adamson


Senior Scholar, Yale Center for British Art

Glenn Adamson is currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art. A curator and theorist who works across the fields of design, craft and contemporary art, he was until March 2016 the Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. He has previously been Head of Research at the V&A, and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee.

Glenn's publications include Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan Wilson); Invention of Craft (2013); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion  (2011); The Craft Reader (2010); and Thinking Through Craft (2007).

Angela McRobbie


Professor of Communications, Goldsmiths

Angela McRobbie is Prof. of Communications at Goldsmiths University of London. She began her postgraduate career at the Birmingham University Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in the mid 1970s. Her field encompasses gender and popular culture, feminist theory, creative economy, fashion industry:start-ups and micro-enterprises. Her most current books are The Aftermath of Feminism 2008 and Be Creative:Making a Living in the New Culture Industries 2015.

Angela is currently completing two short books, one draws on AHRC funded research Spaces of Fashion: Micro-enterprises in London, Berlin and Milan. The other (drawing on her Mercator Lectures 2016-17 ) is titled Gender, 'Mediated Benefit-Shaming' and Neoliberalism.  

 

Sarah Mann


Director of Architecture Design Fashion, British Council

Sarah Mann became Director of the Architecture Design Fashion department in April 2016. She joined the British Council from the National Trust, where she has been developing a strand of contemporary programming for a portfolio of historic properties. Previously, Sarah was Programme Manager for the British Council on Connect ZA, a three-year season of arts projects focused on building connections between emerging creative industries in the UK and South Africa.

Between 2008 and 2012, Sarah was part of the curatorial team and Head of Learning and Participation at Somerset House, where she worked on a ground-breaking series of exhibitions and public programmes including SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution, Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Fair, Maison Margiela 20 and Tim Walker: Storyteller. Sarah has an MA in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University and the Design Museum.

 

Katie Schwab


Artist

Katie’s practice interweaves personal, social, and craft-based histories, often drawing from traditions of living, making and working collectively. Her artworks take the form of installations of embroidered, woven and printed textiles, ceramic tableware, furniture and videos, drawing on the bright colours, bold shapes and abstract forms of twentieth-century modern design. 

Recent exhibitions include Jerwood Solo Presentations, Jerwood Space, London (2016), Making the Bed, Laying the Table, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow (2016), Together in a Room, Collective, Edinburgh (2016) and Fresh, British Ceramics Biennal, The Original Spode Factory Site, Stoke-on-Trent (2015). She is the recipient of the 2016 Nigel Greenwood Art Prize and the 2017 Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Residency at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives.

Anthony Tovey


Artist

Anthony Tovey has spent his career as a highly skilled and in-demand industrial sculptor and model maker working in Automotive Design studios as a clay sculptor. He started his working life as an Austin apprentice in Longbridge, Birmingham, in 1962, and stayed with the company for twenty-five years.

Since leaving Longbridge he has worked in studios from Torquay to Turin to Tehran and on projects from an onion dome for a mosque to a Porsche Boxster. He is currently working with artist Keith Harrison (a past Making Futures keynote) on his Jerwood Open Forest commission, "Joyride". Anthony is keen to stress that he is a product of a secondary school education system where the teaching of craft was once a very strong influence.

PEER REVIEW PANEL

We are pleased to announce that the following distinguished persons have agreed to sit as the conference Peer Review Panel:

Ares Kalendides


Managing Director of INPOLIS economic development consultants in Berlin.

Borges, Adelia


Independent writer, Curator and Lecturer in Design History at the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado / FAAP, São Paulo, Brazil.

Cho, Hyeoung


is an internationally renowned independent curator who has curated a number of pathfinding exhibitions exploring the development of contemporary Korean craft. Full details of her work can be found here. 

Figueiredo, Deirdre


Director of Craftspace, Birmingham, UK.

Gant, Nick


Co-founder of Community21.org University of Brighton, UK.

Greenlees, Rosy


Executive Director of the Crafts Council, London, UK, and President of the World Crafts Council.              

Harper, Paul


Writer and curator on craft and visiting lecturer at Middlesex University, School of Art and Design, and London Metropolitan University, The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, UK, and member of the craft leadership network, Craftnet, UK.

Hughes, Peter


Senior Curator (Decorative Arts), Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, TAS, Commonwealth of Australia.

Julier, Guy


Victoria & Albert Museum Principal Research Fellow in Contemporary Design and Professor of Design Culture, University of Brighton, UK.                                                               

Kettle, Alice


Professor of Textile Arts, Manchester School of Art, The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Micklethwaite, Paul


Senior Research Fellow, The Design School, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Kingston University, UK.          

Murray, Kevin


Independent writer and curator and managing editor of Garland (the stories behind what we make) www.garlandmag.com and Adjunct Professor RMIT University and Research Fellow University of Melbourne, Australia.                                                

Oakley, Peter


Research Leader, Senior Tutor & Senior Research Fellow School of Material, Royal College of Art, UK.