Re-thinking Industrial Materials

Re-thinking Industrial Materials

Posted on behalf of Inge Panneels

Roker Pier Symposium:

Re-thinking Industrial Materials

25th of May 2018

National Glass Centre: The Pod



10:00              Registration and coffee

10:30              Introduction: Inge Panneels

10:40              Matt Storey, Sunderland City Council: Roker Project

11:00              Inge Panneels, University of Sunderland: Reflections 2: Roker Pier

11:20              Student Projects, University of Sunderland (Jane/Antonis/Justine)

11:40              Helen Pailing (PhD), University of Sunderland: recrafting waste

12:00              tea break

12:10              Matt Duran, artist + inventor of Glass Heap Challenge concept

12:30              Maria Sparre-Petersen, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art: glass and sustainability


13:00              Lunchbreak + tour of the Department


14:00              Keynote: Zoe Laughlin, Institute of Making, UCL

14:45              Hannah Imlach: artist + maker with eco practice

15:05              Julia Barton: artist Littoral Art project; on embodied energy

15.25              short break

15.40              film by Riikka Haapasaari (PhD), University of Sunderland

16.00              Creative Carbon Scotland

16.20              Discussion Q&A: all speakers

16:45              Conclusion Inge Panneels

17:00              Finish


This event is free, but please book on Eventbrite: if tickets are 'sold out' please contact Inge.

This event was made possible with financial support from Heritage Lottery Fund, University of Sunderland Research and AHRC CDT. This event is aimed at students in Arts and Design from University of Sunderland and Northumbria University.

Speakers Bios:


Matt Storey led the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funded project to restore Roker Pier and Lighthouse between 2015-2017, overseeing restoration of the structure and the development of the pier, tunnel and lighthouse as a visitor attraction. Matt is currently Project Manager for Sunderland’s Heritage Action Zone initiative and a Trustee at Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery, Alnwick. He has held a number of curatorial, learning and operations roles within the museums sector, including a spell at National Glass Centre during the Centre’s redevelopment.


Inge Panneels is an artist whose work explores notions of space using glass as a preferred medium for place-making projects. She has work in public buildings across the UK (NHS, Lloyds TSB, local authorities, BT, Museum of Liverpool…) She is a part-time Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Sunderland where her research is focussed on mapping as a visual methodology of place making, and the visual culture of making and glass, particularly in context of the Anthropocene. She organised Reflections at The Haining in Selkirk as part of the Scottish Festival of Architecture in 2016, and Mapping the Borders as part of the Being Human Festival in 2017.


Helen Pailing is an artist who works is profoundly engaged with materials. Economy of means and material is an integral part of her practice. She graduated with a BA(Hons) in Embroidery from Manchester Metropolitan University and continued her interest in the material culture of craft, studying MA Designer Maker from the University of the Arts in London. She was artist-in-residence at VARC in Northumberland in 2013. She is currently undertaking an AHRC funded research PhD programme of Recrafting Waste using a stitch-based methodology at the University of Sunderland.


Matt Duran is a graduate from the University of Sunderland and an artist and educator who works on large-scale installations and sculptural pieces which at times harmonise with their physical surroundings and at other times lie in uneasy conjunction. Matt's art practice strives to balance aesthetics with emerging technologies. He stresses the importance of making his own work, pushing forward with new materials his own artistic expression, of making beautiful, compelling and inspiring pieces which have been exhibited in the V&A, Crafts Council among others. His engagement with the nature of glass has led him down the path of technical innovations, collaborating with scientists and medics. He organised the Glass Games at the V&A and has organised to date twelve Glass Heap Challenges across the UK


Maria Sparre-Petersen is an artist, designer, maker, teacher, and researcher of glass with a strong focus on ethics as well as aesthetics. She is interested in experimentation, innovation, and cognitive processes. Her work is inspired by materials and processes, sustainability, street art, installation artwork, making from discarded materials, tango, nature, communication, collaborative processes, translucency, ephemerality, and reflection. She aims to expand aesthetic spaces of opportunity, through hands on activities together with peers, students, friends and strangers.


Zoe Laughlin is a co-founder/director of the Institute of Making and the Materials Library project at University College London (UCL). She holds an MA from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design and obtained a PhD in Materials within the Division of Engineering, King's College London. Working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of materials, her work ranges from formal experiments with matter, to materials consultancy and large-scale public exhibitions and events with partners including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, the V&A and the Wellcome Collection. Her particular areas of interest are currently The Sound of Materials, The Taste of Materials and The Performativity of Matter, with outputs ranging from theatrical demonstration lectures to the making of instruments and features on both radio and television.


Hannah Imlach is a visual artist working predominantly in sculpture. She received a BA Hons in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone, University of Dundee. Her transient and site-specific works respond to a particular landscape or recent development in scientific understanding and often focuses on environments threatened by changing climate. Hannah focuses on site-specific residencies and commissions, particularly those which offer opportunities to work directly with scientists and environmental researchers.


Julia Barton is a sculptor and installation artist. She has a particular affinity with plants and other natural forms, coupled with a fascination with technical and scientific advances and the minutiae of construction techniques and materials. Her project Littoral Art has been creatively investigating beach litter with coastal communities, for over 4 years. Julia’s novel way of widely engaging communities has recently been acknowledged with a 2017 Shetland Environmental Award for her Littoral Art Project work in the isles. It also prompted an invitation to Holyrood to inform MSPs of her observations at the shoreline from the micro to the macro point of view.


Riikka Haapasaari is a filmmaker. Currently she is working on projects that combine filmmaking and glassmaking traditions to investigate the area between cinema and glass, focusing on themes relating to our society, tradition, skill, and cultural heritage. She is interested in finding contemporary ways of utilizing traditional skills in glass to create works that hold meaning beyond the material, and tell stories about our culture that evoke feelings, thoughts, and discussion. She is currently undertaking AHRC funded PhD research at the University of Sunderland.


Creative Carbon Scotland is a charity that aims to connect the arts and culture with others working towards transformational change to a sustainable future. A broad definition of culture is our way of life, the way we ‘be’, incorporating our language, politics and values as well as the arts and humanities


IP 3 May 2018

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25 May 2018 at 10:00am
until 25 May 2018 at 5:00pm
The Pod
National Glass Centre

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