Restating Clay Conference

Making, learning, communicating & collecting contemporary studio ceramics


Call for papers and contributions
19th-20th March 2018, York

Deadline 28th July 2017

The Restating Clay conference will bring together potters, artists, curators, academics, students, collectors, gallerists and enthusiasts from the UK and beyond, to share experience and knowledge about the issues that matter to the sector. An exciting and engaging programme of activities is being planned, including discussions, object handling, demonstrations, talks, workshops, films, store and exhibition visits.

Venues: York Art Gallery, The Yorkshire Museum and King’s Manor.

Delivery partners: York Museums Trust, University of York, York College, Contemporary Studio Ceramics Subject Specialist Network.

We are inviting proposals for presentations, panel discussions, workshops and demonstrations on the following themes:

  • Instigate/Educate/Nurture – considering teaching, learning, and professional development, to maintain and maximise creative practice.
  • Make/Promote/Collect – exploring ways to develop, promote and sell ceramics.
  • Investigate/Reflect/Exhibit – examining approaches to researching, curating, interpreting and writing about ceramics.
  • Adapt/Respond/Advocate – questioning the state of the discipline; opportunities, challenges and the future of contemporary studio ceramics.

Those selected to speak or participate in the conference programme will be offered one free delegate place. A limited number of travel and accommodation bursaries of up to £150 will be made available to speakers and contributors – please indicate on your application if you would like to be considered for one of these – otherwise speakers and contributors will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation.

Please submit your proposal via email, in the format outlined below, as a Word document or PDF attachment by 5pm on Friday 28th July 2017, to Conference Organiser Charlotte Dew: charlottemdew@yahoo.co.uk. Images should be 72dpi, and no larger than 1MB each. All proposals will be reviewed by the conference steering group, and we will respond by Monday 21st August 2017. Please email Charlotte if you have any questions.

  1. Name of main applicant.
  2. Email address of main applicant.
  3. Type of contribution proposed (please select one).
  •  Presentation
  • Panel discussion
  • Workshop
  • Demonstration
  1. Conference theme the contribution is proposed for (please select one). 
  • Instigate/Educate/Nurture – considering teaching, learning, and professional development, to maintain and maximise creative practice.
  • Make/Promote/Collect – exploring ways to develop, promote and sell ceramics.
  • Investigate/Reflect/Exhibit – examining approaches to researching, curating, interpreting and writing about ceramics.
  • Adapt/Respond/Advocate – questioning the state of the discipline; opportunities, challenges and the future of contemporary studio ceramics.
  1. Name, email address and 100-word biography for all participants proposed.
  2. Summary of proposed contribution (500-word maximum).
  3. What do you expect delegates to learn from this contribution? (200 word maximum).
  4. Links to relevant websites or information. 
  5. Up to six supporting images; please include the image caption as the file name. Images files should be 72dpi and no larger than 1MB each. Images should be sent as attachments with your proposal, or via a Dropbox link included in your submission email.

  6. Would you like to be considered for a travel and accommodation bursary?

The Restating Clay Conference is funded by the Arts Council England (ACE) Museum Resilience Fund.

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