Monthly Archives: July 2011

Call for Papers: Nature, creativity and production at the time of Art Nouveau

Saturday 19 November 2011, Milan

Free and open to the public

Through a series of  Historical labs, the Réseau Art Nouveau Network hopes to create an exchange platform of knowledge at a European scale. The content of Historical Labs gathers research, experience and know-how so that the programme has interest for the general public and professionals alike. The third Historical Lab of the Art Nouveau & Ecology project will take place in Milan on 19 November and will explore the following topic: “Nature, Creativity and Production in Art Nouveau”.

This theme covers creativity, analysis of the manufacturing process and production as well as the constant contact with nature as an example or inspiration. This theme can also study the teaching, the learning and the establishment of new types of workshops and factories. The following proposals are only examples and we invite you to find other suggestions on the theme:

  • new workshops and innovative productions
  • artistic cooperatives
  • workshops and cooperatives represented at regional or international exhibitions
  • the adaptation of industrial production to new technologies, matching the new aesthetics
  • electric innovation and new type of lighting
  • place of nature in the inspirations of creator

Your proposals for contribution, in French or English, should be written in the form of an abstract, of a maximum length of 400 words per proposal, with a title, your full contact details (surname, name, institution and email address), as well as some biographic and bibliographic elements. The deadline for the call for papers is set on 30 September 2011 and the papers should be sent by email to

The selection committee, composed of partners from Regione Lombardia, Ljubljana and Brussels will select in early October the 10 lectures that will be given. The participants will receive a notification of their participation to the lab on 10 October 2011 at the latest. Each lecture will last between 20 and 30 minutes. The full text of the lecture should be submitted by 31 October 2011. The selected lecturers will be invited with all the partners of the network to take part in the Art Nouveau visit day organised by the Regione Lombardia on Sunday, November 20th 2011 (one day or a half-day depending on the programme of the lab).

The lectures will be given in French, English or Italian. A simultaneous translation (French, English and Italian) will be available.

For any additional information on this call, or the Réseau Network, please contact or visit


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Save the date for SSN Food Conference

The next Annual SSN Conference, Food and eating at home, will take place on Friday 9th March at the Brunei Gallery at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. SOAS offers an MA in the Anthropology of Food and is home to the interdisciplinary Food Studies Centre, so it will be a fitting venue for the themes of the day.

An open Call for Papers will be circulated at the end of August, and as ever we are especially keen to encourage submissions from museum professionals working in historic houses and/or with kitchen-related projects and collections. It promises to be a fascinating day and I hope to see many of you there! Further details will be posted on the blog.

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11 Rooms at the Manchester International Festival

9 – 17 July, 2011

Manchester Art Gallery

Curators Klaus Biesenbach (MoMA PS1 and MoMA, New York) and Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery, London) bring together 11 of the most interesting artists creating durational encounters to make new and re-imagined work for the Manchester International Festival. Each will explore the ephemeral aspects of art, focusing on an idea or situation that both establishes and erases itself in the same instance, shaping an unmediated experience for the audience in a series of specially-created spaces at Manchester Art Gallery.


  • Marina Abramović
  • John Baldessari
  • Allora and Calzadilla
  • Simon Fujiwara
  • Joan Jonas
  • Laura Lima
  • Roman Ondák
  • Lucy Raven
  • Tino Sehgal
  • Santiago Sierra
  • Xu Zhen

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Manchester Art Gallery and the International Arts Festival RUHRTRIENNIAL 2012-2014.

Produced by Manchester International Festival and Manchester Art Gallery.

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Textile designs at the National Archives

Textile designs 1842-1964: exploring the Board of Trade Representations and Registers

28th July 2011, 2-3pm, National Archives, Kew, Free event

In 1839 the Board of Trade established a scheme for proprietors of original designs (for ornamenting any article of manufacture) to register their designs in order to protect them from commercial piracy. The National Archives holds the surviving representations and registers; these volumes provide information about suppliers from all over Britain, its Empire, and also mainland Europe. With the generous support of the Clothworkers Foundation, The National Archives’ Collection Care Department has established a research fellowship to consider ways of enhancing public access to this unique archive. This talk will focus on the textiles, which include woven and printed cloth, trimmings and lace, as well as stevenographs, gloves, socks, sashes and even two straw bonnets.

Dr Dinah Eastop works in the Collection Care Department of The National Archives, as a Clothworkers Research Fellow (November 2010 to October 2011). She is a specialist in textile conservation and worked until recently at the Textile Conservation Centre. She was the Founding Director of the AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies (2002-2007); she also initiated and leads the Deliberately Concealed Garments Project.

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Work in progress on SSN blog

We are currently developing the blog so keep an eye out for new content as we improve the site over the coming weeks.

In the meantime you will find some useful resources on domestic interiors including abstracts from past SSN events and links to museum collections databases in our Links and Rescources sections. Feedback on the blog is very welcome, feel free to leave a comment here or get in touch directly .

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Part-time curator post at the Freud Museum

Job opportunity: Curator,  Freud Museum

Job Summary:

The Curator will be responsible for collections care and management of the Museum’s collections, and contribute to exhibition development, digitisation and the wider plans of the Museum.

  • Reporting to Director, Freud Museum London
  • Based at Freud Museum London, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London, NW3 5SX
  • Salary £24,000pa (2 days a week, pro rata),
  • Maternity cover for 9 months starting September 2011


  • via email to with cv and covering letter
  • Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 18 July
  • Interviews will be held the week commencing 25 July

For a full job description please contact

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