Im/Material: Encounters within the Creative Arts Archive

Im/material conference.

13 - 14 May 2016

The Im/Material conference brings together artists, archivists, curators and academics to consider the role of the archive in the creation, interpretation and preservation of culture.

Conference introduction from Professor Oriana Baddeley and Dr Jo Melvin.

Keynote Speakers

Conference Sessions

  • Fragments of a dress

    Fleeting & Fragmentary

    What curatorial strategies might we use to interpret things that have perished or are considered un-exhibitable? 

  • Cake tins.
    Carol Tulloch.

    Remembrance of Things Past

    How does an object function, not just as a ‘Proustian’ trigger to memory, but as a mechanism for a new understanding of the world?

  • Lucy Lippard.
    Lucy Lippard.

    Formality & Informality

    What are the origins of a shift in curatorial thinking towards informality and intimacy within displays of modern and contemporary art?


Archives & Collections

  • Multiple - Bob and Roberta Smith.
    Bob and Roberta Smith.

    Object Handling Workshops

    Interact with the archives and special collections held by the UAL

  • Incunabula (still) - Kaat Debo and Marie Schuller.
    Kaat Debo and Marie Schuller.

    Film Screenings

    Selection of films, some taken from the UAL archives, and some made by our staff

  • Dandelion Rose Gold Pin - Hazel Clucas (2006). Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection.
    Dandelion Rose Gold Pin - Hazel Clucas (2006).


    Drawing upon UAL’s archives and special collections. Curated by our postgraduate students


Professor Oriana Baddeley, Professor Stephen Bann CBE, Dr Sophie Berrebi, Dr Fiona Candlin, Robin Christian, Professor Judith Clark, Elena Crippa, Professor Neil Cummings, Adrian Glew, Dr Alison Green, Professor Amy De La Haye, Dr Jo Melvin, Dr Joanne Morra, Charlotte Moth, Jennifer Murray, Donald Smith, Professor Carolyn Steadman, Professor Carol Tulloch, Judy Willcocks, Jacqueline Winston-Silk.

View the conference programme.

UAL Archives and Collections

University of the Arts London (UAL) houses an extraordinary range of archives, museum and special collections that reflect the rich traditions and specialisms of the 6 colleges. They include 2 accredited spaces; a museum and an archives and special collections centre.

Find out more about UAL archives and collections.