Today’s post has been written by artist, curator and writer Jo Manby. Over the past few months, Jo has worked in collaboration with artist Gary James Williams and our curator, Stephanie Boydell, to research and develop a new exhibition for our Spotlight Gallery.
Over the past few months, we’ve have added a number of new pieces to our collections. We’ve purchased books that focus on paper engineering to add to our Artists’ Books Collection and we’ve acquired new works for our unique Process and Material Innovation Collection. Here’s a selection…
Undergraduates studying Art History and Art History and Curating at the Manchester School of Art have curated an exhibition currently on display on the ground floor of All Saints Library at Manchester Met’s city centre campus. They were asked to consider notions of the Avant-garde and curate an exhibition using artefacts from Special Collections, with the support of our Curator, Stephanie Boydell.
All of the works in the three displays have a relationship with the Avant-garde, whether that be responding to the origins of the phrase – the vanguard of an army; associated artist manifestos and printed materials promoting radical social reform; or in reflecting the principles of innovation and experimentation through advances in technology.
The exhibition continues until 10 March 2017.
Next year marks 70 years since the publication of the first Lancashire Life magazine. To celebrate this anniversary, museums, galleries and heritage venues across Lancashire have been invited to participate in a special project called A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects. We want you to help us to select one object from our collections that tells something of Lancashire’s long and fascinating story. You can read more about our shortlisted objects below. From all the stories and objects submitted, the final list of 70 objects will be revealed in Lancashire Life next year.
Mycelium Bowl #2 – Oyster (The Growing Lab) by Officina Corpuscoli, 2015. Photograph © Officina Corpuscoli
We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be participating in this year’s MAKE:SHIFT conference at the Museum of Science and Industry in November. The conference is organised by the Crafts Council and explores the importance of craft and innovation to the future of making. This year’s themes are: social innovation, sustainability and healthcare and well-being. The practices presented will include robotics, smart materials, bio design, and connected wearables alongside more traditional craft disciplines.
We will be running handling sessions on Thursday 10 November with objects selected from our Design and Process Innovation collection, including a mycellium bowl designed by Maurizio Montalti who will be speaking at the conference.
For more information visit MAKE:SHIFT
Postgraduate students studying Art, Design and Media at the Manchester School of Art recently worked with material from our collections as part of a unit called ‘Image and Archive’. Here, student Laura Scott shares her experience of working a Japanese netsuke from the Manchester School of Art Collection.
The Manchester School of Art Collection contain a vast range of material types, from early plastics to 3D printed ceramics, and it now includes a bowl made from part of a fungus. ‘Mycelium Bowl #2 – Oyster (The Growing Lab)’ was recently acquired for our Contemporary Craft and Design (Material and Process Innovation) Collection.