As part of London Craft Week 2019, the Art School is holding a one-day symposium, on the subject of pigment.
The recent turn within arts and culture towards a re-investment in materials and the hand-made, has seen artists engaging in the production of pigments for themselves. Artists today are not only reviving ancient recipes, but inventing pigments from raw materials that range from the everyday to the outright abject. Advancements in technology are enabling new levels of forensic analysis of pigments’ sometimes surprising origins. And as we move ever-closer towards irreversible environmental change, pigment manufacturers are having to re-evaluate the true cost of pigment production. Far more than simply inert colour-making matter, pigments are active agents with complex histories that intersect and shape our cultures, histories, politics, languages, bodies, identities and ways of thinking.
This one-day symposium brings together leading artists, conservators, curators and researchers to explore and interrogate pigments today within the broader context of their production and rich and varied pasts.
09:30 am – 5 pm, Saturday 11 May 2019
Drawing Studio, City & Guilds of London Art School
Chaired by: Tom Groves
- 9.30 – 10 Registration
- 10 – 10.10 Welcome / Tom Groves
- 10.10 – 10.55 Keynote/ Turning landscape into colour / Onya McCausland
- 10.55 – 11.20 A case study of two paintings affected by mould and their technical analysis / Alison Seed + Dr Tracey Chaplin
- 11.20 – 11.45 Materials and techniques of the grotesque panel paintings in the Cartoon Gallery at Knole House / Cerys Fry
- 11.45 – 12.15 The material body / Bea Haines + Mark Cann
- 12.15 – 1.15 Lunch
- 1.20 – 1.45 Representation / Amikam Toren
- 1.45 – 2.10 Water sensitive modern oil paints: a molecular study of representative oil paints / Donatella Banti
- 2.10 – 2.35 ‘Kasane’: the language of Japanese colour combinations / Simon Wright
- 2.35 – 3.05 Refreshments
- 3.05 – 3.30 Keith Edwards / In conversation with Onya McCausland
- 3.30 – 3.55 An analysis of early paint schemes of 19th century Royal Naval figureheads / Kirsty Walsh
- 3.55 – 4.20 Rock pigment scissors /Andrew Grassie + Juan Bolivar
- 4.20 – 4.50 Q+A
- 4.55 Close
Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite