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Decoding the domestic interior in British portraits, seminar, 28 June 2017

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Portrait of Bell and Dorothy Freeman by Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914). Purchased with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund.

 

This seminar for scholars and museum professionals seeks to explore some key themes around the nature of domestic interiors as found in British portraits from the early modern period to the present day. How can we start to interpret the pictorial world in which portrait sitters are placed? Are such spaces representations of contemporary interiors, or are they fictional spheres which – like pose, costume, and props – serve to convey coded messages about the sitters? By exploring portraits in various media throughout this period, speakers will consider these questions, helping interiors and portrait researchers to understand these mediated artistic constructs and interpret the contemporary symbolism within.

This event is a collaboration between the Histories of Home and the Understanding British Portraits Subject Specialist Networks. It is aimed at researchers, academics, and museum professionals engaged with portraiture, or historical and modern interiors. Papers will include scholarly case studies as well as contributions from museum professionals using portraits as a research tool, and engaging audiences in design history through the use of historic portraits.

The event will take place at the Geffrye Museum of the Home.

PDF: Decoding the Domestic Interior in British Portraits 28 June ’17 – programme

PDF download: Decoding the domestic interior in British portraits 28 June ’17 – booking form

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Study Day: Whitworth Art Gallery

November 16th 2015

1.30-5pm

We will be taking a small group to visit the Whitworth Art Gallery (http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/) for a tour of the gallery and a curator-led session in the new Study Center looking at domestic furnishing textiles and wallpapers from the Whitworth’s extensive collection with Amy George, Curator (Wallpaper and Textiles).

A recent £15 million development has transformed the Whitworth, doubling it in size and creating new spaces to display and explore the collections and has this year been awarded the Art Fund’s prestigious prize of Museum of the Year 2015.

The Whitworth houses one of the most important wallpaper collections in the country along with an internationally important collection of over 20,00 textiles from across the world, dating from the third century AD to the present.

The study day is free to attend, but booking is essential as places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To book a place: please return a completed booking form  to Danielle Patten dpatten@geffrye-museum.org.uk.

 

We will meet at the address below at 1.30pm

The Whitworth

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road

Manchester

M15 6ER

 

 

 

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Study Day: The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Fashion & Textiles

Thursday 19th March, 2-5pm We will meet at the address below at 1.45pm Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX You are warmly invited to the Histories of Home Study Day 2015. We will be taking a small group to visit the Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study & Conservation of Textiles and Fashion (www.vam.ac.uk/page/c/clothworkers-centre/) for a curator-led session looking at domestic furnishing textiles from the V&A’s extensive collection.  It is an opportunity to meet Jenny Lister, Curator of Nineteenth-century Textiles and Dress and Sue Prichard, Curator Contemporary Textiles. It is free to attend, but booking is essential. To book a place: please return a completed Booking Form to Danielle Patten on DPatten@geffrye-museum.org.uk.

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Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network, 7th annual conference, Homes Under Pressure

The Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network (SSN) is hosting its seventh annual conference, to be held at the Geffrye Museum in London on Tuesday 31 March 2015.

The full programme is available here.

This conference will explore how museums and researchers can document homes under pressure across the world in both contemporary and historical contexts. Homes can come under pressure from a variety of forces or influences, such as social change, economic hardship, politics and the law, or personal difficulty. This pressure is felt in homes in a wide variety of ways, and can create or entrench inequalities based on gender, class, race, sexuality, and ability. At the same time, pressure on homes creates or calls for responses, alternatives, and new forms of homes: these can range from the very personal and individual, to more collective responses rooted in or inspired by activism. Alongside this, researching and displaying these homes under pressure can provide a number of methodological and ethical challenges. This conference aims to bring together a breadth of papers that explore homes under pressure in order to ask how this pressure comes about and impacts on the home, to create unique comparisons across time and contexts, and to encourage a debate about how they might be documented by researchers and addressed and displayed in museums, galleries, and historic houses.

Confirmed speakers: Rachael Crofts on the Geffrye’s work with young people at the New Horizon Youth Centre, an organisation for young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and Rebecca Preston and Lesley Hoskins on curating Homes Of The Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London at the Geffrye (opening March 2015).

The conference is convened by Greg Salter, Geffrye Museum.

£25

£15 concessions (students, senior citizens and those with a disability)

Includes a buffet lunch, refreshments and free entrance into Homes of the Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London, details of the exhibition available here: http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/whatson/future/

How to Book Please download a Booking Form

Please complete a booking form with your payment details and return to Danielle Patten on DPatten@geffrye-museum.org.uk

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Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network: Call For Papers for 7th Annual Conference: Homes Under Pressure

Homes Under Pressure

31st March 2015, The Geffrye Museum of the Home

This conference will explore how museums and researchers can document homes under pressure across the world in both contemporary and historical contexts. Homes can come under pressure from a variety of forces or influences, such as social change, economic hardship, politics and the law, or personal difficulty. This pressure is felt in homes in a wide variety of ways, and can create or entrench inequalities based on gender, class, race, sexuality, and ability. At the same time, pressure on homes creates or calls for responses, alternatives, and new forms of homes: these can range from the very personal and individual, to more collective responses rooted in or inspired by activism. Alongside this, researching and displaying these homes under pressure can provide a number of methodological and ethical challenges. This conference aims to bring together a breadth of papers that explore homes under pressure in order to ask how this pressure comes about and impacts on the home, to create unique comparisons across time and contexts, and to encourage a debate about how they might be documented by researchers and addressed and displayed in museums, galleries, and historic houses.

Papers might include but are not limited to:

  • Methodologies for studying homes under pressure
  • Displacement and loss of home
  • Homes and power
  • Homes of the vulnerable and institutional homes
  • Temporary, transient or portable homes
  • Activism and homes
  • ‘Alternative’ homes
  • Displaying and communicating homes under pressure in museums and galleries

Confirmed speakers: Rachael Crofts on the Geffrye’s work with young people at the New Horizon Youth Centre, an organisation for young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and Rebecca Preston and Lesley Hoskins on curating Homes Of The Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London at the Geffrye (opening March 2015). The conference is convened by Greg Salter, Geffrye Museum.

Download a copy of the Call for Papers here..

Please submit a proposal using the form available hereto Jacqueline Winston-Silk JWinston-Silk@geffrye-museum.org.uk by 9 January 2015. Participants will be notified of acceptance by 23 January 2014.

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