Project meeting 7: 17 December 2014

Today we met and discussed our objects and the key points we want to communicate in relation to them.

We decided on a revised date for the event: Thursday 26th February. **If this date is a problem for you, please speak up now**

We also revised the time, so that everyone can attend for the whole thing, to 1-4.30pm. (We did say 5, but afterwards I thought 4.30 was better to give time for packing up, as Lotte mentioned.)

We also managed to decide on the event’s subtitle, meaning that the main blurb is finished – check it out at the end of this post.

Homework! By Wednesday 7th January please email to Amy:

– a short title and 40-word abstract for your objects/research (remember to target it at a non-academic, non-specialist audience)

– a landscape image relating to your object/research (at high resolution – and make sure it’s either your own copyright or you have permission from the copyright holder)

– a link or two to further information about your work/research project (e.g. staff/student page, research project website)

We’ll use this information in our publicity and at the event itself.

Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 14th January, 12pm, at the gallery – we need to make definite plans for marketing the event, and revisit the post-it note plan for the practicalities.


CURIOUS ENCOUNTERS with objects from past, present and future

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 1-4.30pm.

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds

Come along to The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery at the University of Leeds to experience an interactive pop-up exhibition showcasing the curious and inspiring work of researchers specialising in design, textiles, film, archives and music.

The researchers will present an array of curious objects for you to handle, and be on hand ready to share the hidden stories of their research and each of their objects. Inspired by the Gallery’s current exhibition, Nostalgia and Progress: Illustration after the Second World War, expect to hear about projects which connect the past, present and future. Discover, for example, research which aims to revitalise materials and processes from the past and explores their potential for the future. Or meet researchers working with archival collections, whose work addresses the issue of what we should keep – and how that material might be used. Meanwhile, consider the overall experience as an attempt to challenge how objects are displayed within a museum or gallery space and how complex the layers of history and meaning can be behind each and every item on view. Staff from The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery will also be on hand to share the stories behind their own collection of objects.

This will be an interactive and informative event open to all members of the public from 1pm to 4.30pm.

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Project meeting 6: 3 December 2014

More excellent progress made today!

We decided to change the date of the event from Wednesday 25 February, as there’s a big open day happening in Parkinson Court that day. We’re currently considering alternatives – watch this space for options!

Regarding the audience, we decided to run the event from 12-4pm on a drop-in basis for members of the public. (There is a plan for targeting particular groups, e.g. using the gallery’s newsletter, and people from within the university.) As we anticipate that more people will drop in between 12 and 2, we’ll also invite two groups from nearby institutions – Leeds College of Art and Leeds College of Music – at 2pm and 3pm (saying maximum 20 places at each session). We decided to provide tea/coffee and cake at the end of the trail! Thanks to Laura, Elaine and Montu for doing the groundwork for all this last week.

The event description is mostly finalised – I’ll post it here when it’s definite. We agreed on a title: ‘Curious Encounters’. But we still need a subtitle that mentions objects, past/present/future, research… answers on a postcard please! The description will be used for web listings, email invitations etc. We can edit a shorter version for a poster, and there’s scope for a longer version, with a short description of each person’s object/research, which we could use on a leaflet and on the trail ‘map’ itself (thanks to Lee for that suggestion).

We’ll start work on inviting people and publicising the event in January. But first – homework!

For our meeting on the 17th December, 12-1pm:

– Bring your ‘curious object(s)’

– And the key points you want to communicate

– We also need to decide on the subtitle for the event

By Wednesday 7th January, send to Amy by email:

– A short title and 40-word ‘abstract’ for your object/research

– A landscape image relating to your object/research (if that seems like a challenge, we can discuss it on the 17th)

– One link to further information about your work (e.g. individual website, staff/student webpage, research project page)